Usually you won’t find me anywhere near drama on the internet.
I steer clear of hot topics because I learned my lesson long ago. Everyone has an opinion and people will jump on their little keyboards faster than shrimp on grits.
I love shrimp and grits, by the way.
And I also love Facebook (whooooooaa, yes, I did just go there).
I’m not one of the “cool” people that talks about how they are soooo over the drama on Facebook and announces to everyone they’re “leaving.” Why do you always see them come back??? Whyyyy??? I actually block games and people that share useless information every 2.5 seconds. Because. Well, just because.
When people start getting on my nerves, there’s this little button called UNFOLLOW.
The world would be a better place if we all just unfollowed the annoying people. Don’t worry – they don’t actually KNOW you unfollowed them. Shhhh, don’t tell.
Every now and then I have to fight the urge to share my own opinion when someone says something that’s just crazy. Sometimes I lose all control. 15 comments later it usually results in me deleting my original comment before I explode on somebody. Why do we do this to ourselves?
I know y’all have been there too.
Earlier this week someone posted a topic on our neighborhood social network asking for opinions – actually a poll seeking the preference of residents on a blanket non solicitation policy. I have a strong opinion on the topic and was sure to cast my vote on the poll. It was obvious that my stance is in the minority. However, certain people were constantly sharing how they don’t see the problem with just going ahead with the policy – even without hearing from the neighborhood residents.
In a civilized and respectful way, I tried over and over to share the perspective of a small business owner that lives in the neighborhood.
I was CONSTANTLY bombarded with people who don’t see things my way. And that’s fine y’all.
But. It. Just. Kept. Going.
I came across this post on Instagram from Shauna Niequist that absolutely preached to my soul.
Here is the caption she typed below the photo. Please read.
Oh how my soul needed to hear these words after what I’ve witnessed online this week.
People that don’t know us don’t get to drive us crazy!!!
They’ve already decided they don’t like us – so don’t waste our time trying to find the perfect internet comeback!!
Yes! Yes! YES!!
I was reminded of two key scriptures taped to our bathroom wall this week:
The angry internet bullies – all they want to do is yell. That’s not what God has called us to do.
We are called to have kind words.
Lord, on this #thirstythursday help me crave more kind words and responses. I want to remind others of You – in every single interaction that comes my way.
Encouragement for the day
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