Monday, May 28, 2012

what i'm learning from twitter...

1. There are quite a few unkind people in the world... & many of them are on twitter.  :)
2. Life is way too short to take offence at unkind people.  They're broken & hurting too.  Be gracious & gentle - even when others aren't.   (wwjd?)
3.  When people don't know how to respond to you - or they don't understand you - they'll often insult you.
4.  This doesn't mean you're wrong. 
5.  Be humble.  (it's true - i have only have 2 years of music school from a community college post secondary... it's not much.  & yes... i have in the past & will likely in the future, make mistakes that would allow me to earn the label, "ignorant fool"... i don't need to fight every insult.)
6.  But don't allow your *smallness* or lack of education keep you from speaking what truth you do know or have learned.  Our world desperately needs every who down in whoville... kwim? 
8.  Often those most guilty of elitism have the weakest arguments.  Worry only about truth - look for it, be shaped by it, share it... even if you're dismissed because you're nothing but a stay at home mama. 
9.  When you're too tender, take a step back - or choose not to step in.  We're only human... & twitter is the most optional thing in the universe.  :)
10.  You're not going to change everyone's mind (or anyone's?)  One piece of advice i was given about prolife discussions is that it's most often the people observing the conversation (or debate) that are changed by it rather than the people doing the talking... Truth sticks in our mind like little barbs... We need to keep putting pieces of truth out there - in our homes, in our congregations, with our friends & family; gently & with humility.  Daily speaking counter cultural truth will have a vast impact over the course of many years...  
11.  Finally... i'm learning that i still have so much to learn.  Tone and meaning are so often misunderstood when you're communicating with strangers in blips of 140 characters or less... i want to get better at it. 




14 comments:

Marcy P said...

Wow! I am speechless as to how quickly she became the ignorant one. Is she educated? Sorry, I know God loves her too... but seriously? That was really vicious...like a school girl...of ten.

lovefam6 said...

They shall know us by our love. You go with your humble self Paige. I love you to pieces! It's hard to not think like the world and speak like it, but it's so rewarding in hindsight to have refrained ;)

Caitlin said...

That conversation BLEW my mind. Wow. I admire your courage, Paige.

Caitlin said...

That conversation BLEW my mind. Wow. I admire your courage, Paige.

Kali said...

One of my new favorite quotes when feeling attacked: "shake the snake". For this battle is not flesh & blood...but powers & principalities. Shake it off girl and keep standing in that abiding peaceful rest of TRUTH & LIFE! You're doing battle and a mighty fine job of it!

Honey @ Sunflower Schoolhouse said...

She is scathing on twitter. Her words are angry and vial in just about every tweet. So sad. Probably no changing her mind on anything, but like you said, others might be listening.

Blessings
Honey

April Lee Taylor Vance said...

Social media can be brutal... good for you for keeping a level head. I've found that it's important to keep to one point and to continue to ask questions. The idea of social media is engagement... too easy to rant. Proud of you honey.

paige said...

It is an interesting place to be salt & light... :) even if it ends up being a short season for me.

mamalena said...

Lots of wisdom in your blog post Paige.

Sara L said...

wow, I'm amazed at how rude she was! It makes my heart so sad to hear how people disregard our littlest people...

Christina said...

Wow. Sometimes when I am aghast at something that's all I can say. this is one of those times. Just wow.
I love your blog more and more every time I read it. ...and your book is now on my wish list;)

Erin said...

You are a great example of someone who speaks the truth in love. Thank you for that.

paige said...

Thanks erin :)

Christina - it's my first baby efforts & my goal was to write a prolife novel tying together some threads that i've seen. i'd sure like to try writing another one some day!!

Lori-Dawn said...

wow! gotta say I'm glad I'm off facebook and never ventured into twitter! lol Bless you as you continue to make others aware of the importance of life!!
I love your gentle spirit!

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