Last week there were several articles released about the digital past that we are leaving through our use of Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, and other microblogs or social networks. The warning: every word that you write today will potentially impact your opportunities in the future. Your social networking or blogging could limit your opportunities to work in a certain field, find your true love or serve in a volunteer capacity because all of your words are being forever recorded in this digital world.

I was reminded from reading these articles that past our written words, someone is always watching what we say or what we do. Whether we believe that we are the most insignificant person or the culture sees us as the most influential in our field, someone out there is keeping tabs on us. Mary the mother of Jesus found that out. In Luke 1, it is recorded this way:

Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you. Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God.” Luke 1:28-30 NIV (selected verses)

Here’s the deal – whether anyone else is watching or not, God is watching your life. Mary was blown away that God was watching her life. I believe she was troubled because she realized that the God of the universe had been watching her. And, He is watching your life and my life as well. Remember to be careful how you live – someone is always watching!

  1. Kerri Karel on Wednesday 11, 2009

    Pastor Josh – What you say is true on many levels. Being in the public relations and marketing field I can tell you that we are, indeed, leaving a digital record. For those of us that use Twitter, FaceBook, etc. it can be revealing for us in terms of our own personal growth. What we “say” in the digital world can reflect how we are living out (or not living out) The Word out in our daily lives and activities. Are we posting things we know we should not? Are we NOT posting things we think and do because we should not be doing them anyway? Do our posts and tweets and emails reflect the life we are truly living? Are we being “real”? Do our thoughts and actions and words (both written and spoken) Glorify God? Only we know – and our Heavenly Father – He is always watching.

  2. Karla Meachem on Wednesday 11, 2009

    I recently came across this quote, “Each of us is a billboard of God’s grace” ~ an excellent picture to keep in mind as we go about our daily lives.


    What does your billboard display?


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