Everyone Feels Self-Important

I doubt many would be surprised to hear that I have a special place in my heart for technology. I love the way our church websites, Internet Campus, and online groups extend the ministry of our church and allow me to connect with people I wouldn’t have met otherwise. I love that I can stay in contact with many people by reading their updates via Facebook, Twitter, and their blogs. I love that I can use technology, like Skype and Facetime, to connect with my family and have face-to-face conversations even though we are geographically distant from one another.

But along with this amazing gift of technology, our society, and maybe much of the world, has now also taken on the mantle of hyper-criticism. I see it in the comments of many blogs I read, I find it on Twitter, and I’ve even watched it creep into our church’s online social spaces. Our ability to interact and give feedback has brought many to the point where they can’t seem to turn off their own commentary. And now, everywhere I look, I’m surrounded by criticism. Someone is ripping on a airline for bad customer service, or they’re tearing down a celebrity for the dumb choices they’ve made, or they’re complaining about the quality of some product. Everywhere I look on the web, someone is pointing out somone’s mistake.

We’ve taken the platforms of web technology and social media and turned them into our pedestals. Our opinions have become the commodity, and we have become self-important. We take everything personally, refuse to extend grace, and dish out negativity.

This can’t be healthy. Not for us, and not for our society.

I think it’s time for many of us, especially those of us who claim to follow Jesus, to take a different path. It’s time to climb down from our pedestals, remember that we’re flawed like everyone else, and begin using our influence to lavish grace and love on those around us.

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I Heart Domain Names

I can remember when I purchased my first domain name.  It felt a little foolish at the time (and still does, to be completely honest), but it was still neat to purchase kylegilbert.com.  I’ve used it in different ways over the years, but I’ve always been glad I made the purchase when I did.

For several months lately, I’ve considered purchasing a particular available domain name.  I’m happy to say the pondering is over.  I’m now the proud owner of kyle.fm.

My plan for now is to use it as a shortcut url to this blog, but I’ve also installed YOURLS on this domain so I can use is as my own url shortener (like bit.ly) for posts on Twitter and Facebook.

PS – There’s no significance to the .fm extension other than I thought it was the coolest sounding option available. :)

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Aren’t We Clever?

As I was reading last night, I came across Luke 10:21. It’s part of a passage that I’ve always enjoyed, but with the rise of social media tools like Facebook and Twitter, it’s especially interesting:

At that same time Jesus was filled with the joy of the Holy Spirit, and he said, “O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, thank you for hiding these things from those who think themselves wise and clever, and for revealing them to the childlike…. (NLT) [emphasis mine]

This is a motivation check for me. Why do I do the things I do and say the things I say? Is it to please God, or is it to impress people?

Father, please save me from my selfish motivations and my silly attempts to feel good about myself. Help me to place my identity in Christ and understand my worth through the cross.

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