Will You Give God Your– Reach?

 

I initially thought I shouldn’t be writing this post.
Because–
I have a deep seated love-hate relationship with social media.
And yes, I totally get the irony of making that statement in a blog post.

But when Laura and Angi asked me to review their book about social media, I not only completely missed the email, I responded almost a month late and then proceeded to tell Laura all the reasons I’m not a great person to comment on a book that has anything remotely to do with twitter.

I am not a twitter-ninja.
Let me just put that out there right now.
Because even today, it took me 3 tries to log into my own account.
#andImakeuphashtagsforeverythingbecauseIdon’treallyknowwhattheydo.
And I frequently reply to myself. Or retweet myself.  Or favorite myself.
Accidentally.
And the photo above…
Kind of my nightmare.
I feel like I’m in a constant battle with every electronic device ever marketed towards children.
And please don’t feel bad if you’re reading this and you have no clue what I’m talking about.
Because I really don’t either.

I had an iphone.
For one day.
Because I looked around and saw two dozen moms all sitting at swim lessons–
Not watching their kids.
Not talking to each other.
Furiously tapping away at their phones without even a moment of eye contact.
And I felt like I was suffocating.
So I returned it.

And I periodically consider hucking the iPad over the fence in our backyard.
And running over my husband’s cell phone with our mini van.
And shutting down every blog-twitter-facebook-linkedin-stublming-insta-EVERYTHING.

And that’s exactly why I needed to read this book by Laura and Angi.
Because we do live in an age of social media.
And our children are growing up in an age of social media…

And as Laura and Angi write:

“Social media is changing our world and the way we communicate, function logistically, and many other things. So it’s not really about if we should participate in social media, it’s a matter of being intentional to use if for God’s glory.” ~Reach pg. 13

In this book, I so appreciated their nudge to view social media as a means to a mission field.
Where through our reach

v. to stretch out in a specified direction; to put forth; to extend
n. the number of individuals within your online influence

God can use social media for His glory, as we place our influence back in His hands and commit to entering the world of social media as a tool for sharing about God’s rescue story in our own lives.
I want to share His work in my life…

“The good, the bad, the hard (as) something the Lord allowed for the purpose of showing His heart and character. It’s all for His glory…We also need to clearly understand our mission, given by the God of the universe, before we use the tools of social media.” ~ Reach pg. 15

I especially appreciated two sections in this book–

The Pitfalls (clear and candid examples of the dangers of social media).
The Practicals (specific ways that God can use our reach to point others to Him).

“God has specifically chosen your sphere of influence for you to steward. Stewardship is just a fancy word for taking care of something that does not belong to you. Your blog, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Tumblr do not belong to you. In fact, your very life does not belong to you. Everything we have, everything we are, is a gift from God.” ~Reach pg. 43

Turns out–
Even though I still feel a bit like I’m going to hyperventilate when I read through that list of social media options above,
This book was such a helpful book for me.

Because–
While there are many aspects of social media that concern me greatly,
Our God is a God who Redeems.
“The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it.” ~Psalm 24:1

As big or as small as it may be…
I want to give Him my
Reach.

You can purchase this book at the Reach Book Website,
To download and read on your electronic device…
Or if you’re still a bit like me,
You can print it out and hole-punch it and stick it in a binder so that you can underline it and dog-ear the pages.

#yepIamstillprettyoldschool

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  1. A Mama's Story says:

    Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!!! Thanks for sharing!!! If you ever get a moment and would like an extra link-up, I host one on Mondays and I think this post will be very beneficial. When we returned from the conference, my husband and I talked about setting guidelines for putting away the electronics. :) We’re going to revisit that tonight. :) Blessings!! :)

    • Thanks so much…love that you two are processing those things together. My guy and I do the same thing…especially with the kiddos…but I feel it’s a constant battle (not against them, but against total media overload options). I was thinking about our crew though as I was reading the book…
      I really want us to help them develop this mindset when it comes to social media as well…that there should and can be purpose in it all.

  2. Oh Kara… this made me chuckle :) But seriously, of all the reviews I’ve read of this book today – yours is the one that made me actually go buy it!

  3. I knew there was a reason we’re so kindred!

    okay, it’s probably not because I prefer to be tech illiterate…but there’s something about eye contact at swimming lessons that resonates with me.

    Still, I can’t let a mission field pass me by. Especially one available right at my fingertips. Guess I better look into reading this! Thanks, Kara!

    • Just another reason I was so excited for ya about the FB algorithm post…love that it was YOU :)
      And I’m so with ya on the eye contact…I go places looking to connect and build relationships and invest (even if it’s just the market or Costco). Makes me so sad to see missed opportunities…
      But this was good…gave potential-purpose to the strange online world of “reach”.

  4. Well, I kind of love social media (except Twitter…I still think Twitter is totally unnecessary and confusing and I don’t get the draw). However, I often find myself completely sucked into it to the point where one of my kids is yelling at me, “Mom! Look at me! Talk to me!” So, um, clearly I have a problem and I’m trying to be more aware of it and limit blogging/Facebooking/emailing.

    However…we are total kindred spirits on the e-reader thing. Hate them. Consequently, I am running out of room on my bookshelves for the precious “real” books. :)

    • I’m with ya… (especially on the book shelf issues)
      Crazy as it may sound, I’m slowly starting to like Twitter more than FB.
      Don’t LOVE either, but I’m learning to use “Buffer” to schedule posts, so that I’m on there less…

  5. Kara, this had me laughing out loud and so very thankful all at once! Thanks for this! I need this book–the printed out and hole punched kind!

  6. Too funny. You crack me up. And yes, I have considered throwing away my own computer once or twice.

  7. I like social media. I really like facebook and I blog. I have a twitter account and use it but I have no idea what the point of it is for. I would read a book Twitter for Dummies. I love my smart phone too. Problem is, social media took over our family and especially our Family Dinners so now I’m in the process of putting an end to that. You know it’s gone too far when you are texting each other ( though, sometimes it is fun ) but when you are in the same room…hmmmm LOL So I guess as you stated you have a love hate relationship with social media, I do too. BUT I’m happy to say, I’m doing something about it too so it’s all good. To God be the Glory!

    • Love that you put some boundaries on it all…especially with dinners. Good job!
      I think part of my love-hate-perspective is that I so rarely see people function within social media in a balanced way (myself included).
      And I’ll be honest, I have sent a text-apology to my husband when we were sitting on the same couch together… :)
      Absolutely– to God be the Glory!!!

  8. Oh my gosh I HAVE to read this book! I’m still a facebook user, but not an addict, and my blogging is all focused on Christ right now, but I know that I still spend way too much time in the media black hole. There are ways to use it for good, but there can be too much of a good thing. Thanks for sharing!

    • That’s totally my heart…finding a way to use it for good without the cost being becoming what is– best.
      It’s a tricky world to navigate, but I appreciated the focus in this book…makes it all seem a bit more worthwhile…if I can keep sharing His rescue story as the goal.

  9. Kara, I loved this and that book sounds great. I’m so glad I’m not the only one who feels this way (and who has goofed up on Twitter – I feel like I’m always on the verge of messing up…so I type something, then erase it.).

    Don’t get me started on my Kindle. I was just thinking last night as I was reading on it…this makes me feel a little claustrophobic…it’s like I’m in a book, but I don’t know where I am. Weird, I know, but I like to know that.

    Phew. I feel better. Thanks for letting me get that off my chest! : ) #usedawordprocessorincollege

  10. Kari Koupon says:

    Excellent. My struggle every time I pick up my phone or try and blog. I beat myself up for spending time blogging or checking my e-mail (like when there is a crockpot still waiting to be scrubbed, or dirty diapers to be washed. More importantly, when I need to get up after nap time and change the boys diapers and let them run around) and then I feel the Lord inspiring and encouraging me to keep trying, and I do pray it is for His glory and my good. God bless you with your blog. I am always super encouraged by your thoughts.

    • I’m with ya Kari…I know He has some sort of plan for this spot…but I just want it to be His plan, not mine.
      I’m trying to learn to be more effective so that the time commitment isn’t as great. We need to have coffee again soon…will share some of the tips and tidbits I learned at the conference for saving time and Lord willing, being more effective :)

  11. Denise Oldham says:

    Great post.

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