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Jen Pollock Michel

( author + writer + speaker )

Why talk (or write) in a noisy world? A rule for the virtual conversation

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Parenting expert and international bestselling author Barbara Coloroso was a recent guest on Lorna Dueck’s Context TV program. My friend, Christina Crook, who works with Lorna at Context TV and spent time with Barbara, tweeted Coloroso’s personal rule for social media engagement:

It is true, necessary, kind?

Christina mused just what kind of internet world it would be were we all to follow this rule.

Yesterday, I saw another tweet for a link recommended by a fellow Redbud writer. The post is called, “Proverbs for Social Media,” and Rachel Marie Stone points to Proverbs 18:2 as a consideration for joining the virtual conversation:

A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing personal opinion.

That one thudded squarely in my chest.

I’m blogging a little less these days. I think I’ve tired of my own voice and wondered whether I’m just adding more noise to a world where everyone is already begging to be heard. What have I to say that is functionally better or more worthwhile?

Probably not much. And if I do, it usually requires quite a bit of careful thought. Slapping up blog posts for the sake of having something published everyday is probably not helping anyone. It doesn’t help me with the real work of writing (which incidentally, I’m finding is often most grueling and most important in the revising rather than writing stage). And daily blog posts crow for your attention – along with a thousand other manic bird songs. I can’t help but ask: does it keep you from attending to the most important and beautiful of melodies?

I’m reminded: God spoke in a whisper. Let none of us forget that it’s the most important Voice that is usually the most quiet. God won’t beg for your attention today. He won’t yell above the din.

But He is present, inviting you to the journey of being intimately known and loved and transformed.

If there is anything I want to say, it’s this.

What’s then my own rule for social media engagement?

“Let no talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.” Ephesians 4:29

I hope that’s what you’ll continue finding here: not simply more noise but small seeds of grace to grow your own faith and participation.

That’s my prayer at least.