Choosing One’s Fights

I was reading an article this morning from Relevant Magazine’s website (if you don’t know who they are, they’re a magazine that talks about faith and culture).  The article was “5 Arguments Not To Have on Facebook” (here is the article).  It was a good reminder of what social media is good for and what it is not good for.  Social media (i.e. Facebook, Twitter, etc.) is not really the place to have long discussions.  Mainly because the format of these places (Twitter being 140 characters, not being interacting face to face) does not lend itself to such discussions.

As I’ve gotten older and the longer I’ve been on social media, I’ve seen more and more how other people on my feeds can get into heated discussions over hot button issues.  And while I may agree (or disagree) with some posts and tweets I’ve seen, I’ve come to see that it’s much better to address someone face to face about it then make comment after comment on a Facebook post or tweet after tweet on Twitter.

And sometimes some issues that are fought over on social media aren’t worth fighting to begin with.  They tend to be issues that aren’t relevant or not worth it.  In the end, it’s important to choose fights that are worth fighting for.  For me, the most important thing is Jesus and following Him.  I can’t make people follow Jesus, only He can do that.  But I can love on people and share the truth of the Gospel.  To some that’s offensive but Jesus said himself that to some it would be but to others it would be life.

So the next time you see a post on Facebook or a tweet on Twitter, take a moment and think.  Is this worth fighting for?  And is this the right environment to do it?

Sunday Devotional: Psalm 8

“O Lord, our Lord,
    how majestic is your name in all the earth!
You have set your glory above the heavens.
     Out of the mouth of babies and infants,
you have established strength because of your foes,
    to still the enemy and the avenger.

 When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers,
    the moon and the stars, which you have set in place,
what is man that you are mindful of him,
    and the son of man that you care for him?

Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings
    and crowned him with glory and honor.
You have given him dominion over the works of your hands;
    you have put all things under his feet,
all sheep and oxen,
    and also the beasts of the field,
the birds of the heavens, and the fish of the sea,
    whatever passes along the paths of the seas.

O Lord, our Lord,
    how majestic is your name in all the earth!”  Psalm 8:1-9

Psalm 8 is a great psalm that captures a musical heart as well as a theological heart.  Several praise and worship songs borrow lines from this psalm.  If you know those songs, you tend to begin to sing the lines if you recognize them (I know I do).  It also has deep theological roots in speaking about creation, and about Jesus’ rule & dominion over the Earth.  The beauty of the Psalms are that they speak and sing to the glory of God.  This Psalm is a great example of that.  This week, may your heart be able to sing “O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!”

The First Step

This is the first step in my new blog.  It will be interesting to see where this one will go as opposed to my previous blogs.  I’m sure I will touch on a lot of things.  Some of that includes theology, my faith journey, sports, pop culture, and other hodge podge stuff.  For those who have known me for a long time, thank you for continuing to love and support me and follow along on this journey with me.  For those new to me and my journey, you’re more than welcome to come along as well.

I’ll leave this first post with a quote from “The Hobbit”, which is where in large part the title of this blog is credited.

“There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.”