I’m keeping the tone of what I have to say light, but be sure of this – I’m sharing deep here, today. And it’s scary deep, to me.
“Conversations happen in real time and cannot be edited.” * This quote, my friend Katie heard recently, really stuck in my craw.
Then, a few days later, I listened to an online message about looking for likes in all the wrong places. And my ears perked up all over again at this: “Instead of trying to sound interesting, build others up.” (by Steven Furtick)
In all of the thinking I’ve been doing about these two quotes, I keep going back to that first one about conversation. I’ve realized that people only see a sliver of what’s really going on in my real life on social media exactly because I do so much “editing”.
All The Editing can’t be a good thing. It makes it seem like I am so much more witty, intelligent, or jovial than I really am.
Don’t get me wrong here, I don’t believe that being any of those things are negative. In fact, I’m a firm believer that God gave each of us particular gifts to be shared with the world. As long as we’re pouring Him out into and onto others as we go along, and doing it all for His glory.
But here’s the rub, for me: I start to believe that I am nothing if I’m not able to make enough people laugh (at me), or join the conversation (with me), or show interest.
I’m cringing as I’ve tapped out those two little words. They tell me all I need to know about the condition of my heart, deceitful above all things.
I just can’t get that initial conversation quote out of my head, either! Maybe because I’m not supposed to. It sure felt like that quote was directed straight toward my heart when I first read it. The dagger of truth only sank deeper and deeper in each time it crossed my mind.
I truly can’t edit a conversation. Right? Not if it is happening in the now. Oh sure, I can go back and tweak it, or polish it up to make a point, or highlight certain words for emphasis that I hope others will find interesting or important or impressive. All of those “I” words that our God actually cares nothing for. He is not interested in my highest highs being the only thing others see.
He’s interested in being the only thing I show others.
The more I think on it, the more I believe that was the lesson for me. No matter how I go about living my life, what tweaks I make, or places in my life that I decide to polish up – I need to be doing it for God’s glory. And His alone.
Every detail, for God. Period.
*(Click on the quote at the beginning of this post and you can read more about what sparked all of this thinking in the first place. You’re going to want to check that out. I Promise.)