#thirstythursday / about addicts, alcoholics and being unknown

the daily Starr thirsty thursday

Recently, a friend texted me a link to an article on Beth Moore’s blog about personal branding.

This article was a response to how Beth made a few comments on Twitter and then found herself in the midst of strong opinions and backlash from the industry that is the Christian book publishing world.

Maybe you don’t know (or really even care) about the publishing world and this article would be a waste of your time. I get that. That’s why I’m giving you my Starr-cliff-notes version. Keep reading, this is GOOD, I promise.

What I want you to get are these 3 points from Beth’s words that GRABBED at my heart and haven’t left since I read them on Sunday afternoon.

 

#1 – We are all addicts, and Satan knows this about our human nature. We all want to be known. Seen. Heard.

“He’s shockingly patient and scheming because the same approach doesn’t work across the board. He studies us, knowing that all humans by undisciplined-nature are addicts. All he has to do is figure out what kind of crack to put in your pipe and the seduction is on.

The seduction we’re talking about here is being known. Seen. Heard. To be worshipped would be the ultimate but that may be too obvious. The sickest part is that we’re being intoxicated into thinking that all of this is to make Jesus known. Self-promotion becomes justifiable as the means to the end-goal of Jesus-promotion.

It’s not working. It’s never going to work.”

Who hasn’t gotten themselves into something they felt God was leading them to do and then somehow twisted it to be all about me, me, me??? This happens all the time and it’s a super fine line to balance. The devil knows that and uses it against us, turning our good intentions into complete disasters.

 

#2 – Social Media can be like sitting at a bar and it’s easier than you think to become an alcoholic. Some of us should quit or go into rehab.

“I’m going to keep trying to live a tiny sliver of my life out there on social media in hopes Jesus will be evident in my teaching, relating, writing, dialoguing, mothering, grandmothering, friending, suffering, questioning, laughing and crying. And I’m going to plead with God every morning to help me die to my own rotting flesh and live in His Spirit and not misuse my big mouth. And I’m going to try to sit at this social media bar for a few minutes every day without becoming an alcoholic. If I can’t do it, I’m going to quit. Or at least go into rehab. Because this place is deadly.”

Wow. Just wow. Good stuff. Who hasn’t been the victim of mindless scrolling on Facebook and then wondered, “Whyyyy did I just waste all of that time on nothing????”   Or, put something out on social media that was taken the wrong way and had to find yourself in the midst of an angry war?? Me. It can be d e a d l y.

 

#3 – We may have to settle for being unknown.

“This is what I know for certain. It would be unspeakably better for us to drop into obscurity than sell our souls. We may have to make the biggest sacrifice in our entire social media culture: we may have to settle for being unknown.

We put no obstacle in anyone’s way, so that no fault may be found with our ministry, but as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: by great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities, beatings, imprisonments, riots, labors, sleepless nights, hunger; by purity, knowledge, patience, kindness, the Holy Spirit, genuine love; by truthful speech, and the power of God; with the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and for the left; through honor and dishonor, through slander and praise. We are treated as impostors, and yet are true; as unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and behold, we live; as punished, and yet not killed; 10 as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, yet possessing everything.

2 Corinthians 6:3-10″

Unknown.

Would we really be okay with being unknown?

Would it be OKAY if no one “likes” our post on Facebook? Would it be OKAY if we don’t have a massive following on Instagram?

That’s a hard pill to swallow, especially in a society that breeds self-centeredness, notoriety and personal success.

It’s just like that scripture up there says: as unknown, and yet well known. (2 Cor 6:9)

Yes, we may have to settle for being unknown here on earth. But think about how God uses the unknown.

 

the daily Starr blog Starr haigler 6

There may be 1 person you influence today with your words or actions. And God’s plan could be that your purpose was to change the path of that 1 life forever – for eternity – through letting Jesus Christ shine through what you say and what you do.

1 person. Eternity.

Lord, work in me today. Help me be aware of my addictions for fame, my proneness to sit at the social media bar and my urge to be known. Help me have truthful speech in all things. Bring me back to You each day so that I may be filled with Your Spirit to do what You have called me to do – nothing more and nothing less.

May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer. Psalm 19:14

the daily Starr blog Starr haigler 7

Starr signature

the daily Starr encouragement for the day

[photo source: Pinterest]

Daily inspiration for starting right where you are – The Daily Starr – delivered via 1 daily text message: subscribe here.

Unsubscribe from text alerts ~ The Daily Starr ~ Monroe, NC ~ starrhaigler@gmail.com

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

8 comments

  1. The social media bar! Wow! Just wow! Girl you are really speaking to me this week. ( God is speaking to me through your blog!) social media is killing me as much as the Xbox is my child. The Lord is sooooo dealing with me in this area and this blog just put it in black and white. Thank you for obedience.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Thanks for reading, friend. This is a topic many of us struggle with and it is a true battle. I will praying for all of us as we re-evaluate what God has for each of us!!!

      Like

  2. That is why I detoxed from FB for awhile. It was good for me. Now when I go one I read very few posts, and say even less.
    I want my time to be more valuable than that and especially to God.Still working on that with Him.Istill get distracted by other things;
    But I get the picture.
    Good blog Starr, you are well know in my heart but even more in Jesus’.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. I was listening to a girl talk to today about why she doesn’t have Facebook, a phone that text or anything technology wise. She told her friend that it meant people really got know her and like her for her. That they had to actually go out of the way to friend her and that made it more meaningful, more real life.
    Then you blog this. I think God is speaking to us and giving us clues that these things are slowly taking over and just how far are you willing to let it go. 5mins after you wake turns into 15 then no time for devotion, another 15 at lunch and now no time praying, another 30 at bedtime and now it’s too late and your too tired to read or pray. A whole day wasted over social media. I know what I will be working on, and praying about. Looks like a fb fast is coming!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Starr you hit the mark! It makes me sad.when I think of how satan works! The Lord dealt with me about fb some time ago! Our Pastor has done sermons on our time and what we are spending it on. It breaks my heart when we go out to eat and see so many people with their family and all the adults are on their phones. When our time is gone we can never get it back. My wonderful sweet Aunt wrote a poem on time. It is a precious reminder to stop..pause and enjoy our gifts before their gone. Thank you!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Yes, friend. The devil uses any way he can to distract and destroy us. We give him so much power, sometimes unintentionally. God opened my eyes so much through this article!!

      Like

Leave a Reply to Teresa Mccluen Cancel reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.