Will your idle talk reduce others to silence? Will no one rebuke you when you mock?
Several months ago, my husband, Danny, persuades me to join Twitter. I am reluctant. I am resistant. I dig my heels in deeply.
"I'm already on Facebook," I gripe. "I don't have time for Google+, so why would I want to tweet?"
"Trust me," Danny says, "you can take it or leave it. It's just another opportunity to spread the word about your blog and your books."
"Really? Isn't Twitter full of idle talk? Does it even make an impression when you post?"
"Well, yes, it can be perceived as idle talk, but there are often those gems in there which you would want to see and share. Gems you can place there which others might like and choose to retweet."
So, reluctantly, resisting the change, and with two heels dragging, I allow Danny to set up my Twitter account. He helps me find some interesting, newsworthy folks to follow for a start. Okay, that's good, I guess. Not too intrusive. Not too busy. Maybe, this tweeting stuff will be all right after all.
But, it isn't long before I am plunged into the yawning chasm . . .
"Oh, no!" I exclaim three weeks into tweeting. "I've been on the internet for ten minutes, and I have 56 tweets! How can I possibly look at them all? What am I supposed to do?"
"Just browse through them quickly," Danny advises. "If you find something you want to respond to or retweet, it will only take a second. It's hit or miss."
"But, I don't want to miss! I want to hit the mark! What if someone rebukes me if they don't like my comments or re-tweets?"
"That's the chance you take. It's worth it. Worth the risk . . ."
Worth the risk? Really? I have my doubts.
Then, it comes . . . the ultimate Tweet! A well-known, beloved talk show host picks up a tweet promoting my books and website. Unbelievably, he retweets it! And, I get 200 hits in one night!!! Wow!
And, Twitter is no longer idle conversation.
It is THE conversation.
I have not reduced others to silence. There is no rebuke. There is no mocking.
There is only affirmation.
Just as we know the Father affirms us daily with His never-ending love when we go to Him in prayer. For even a tweet-sized prayer grabs His attention.
He never misses a word we speak to Him.
He is always listening.
And, every breath of prayer we breathe to God becomes a precious gem in His sight.
It is THE conversation!
How is your conversation with the Lord going today?
Will you pray with me?
Thank You, Father, for always being there for us, for loving us, and for listening to our every prayer, no matter how small. May we never miss the mark in hearing Your answers and heeding Your call. Amen.