At the end of the day, we need to care more about justice, truth, and freedom for others than our own egos. I have to conjure up tough skin so when the messages thrown back at me are telling me I'm wrong—my thoughts are wrong, my writing is wrong, my opinion is wrong—I can stand firm in who I am and not crash and burn in flames of self-doubt. This is not for the weak of heart.
We may not be able to silence all the voices that bring doubt to those wanting to use social media for good, but one by one we can create courageous spaces for those whose voices need to be heard. We can encourage one another to continue to write and speak about things that are close to our hearts. We can challenge one another to keep the ego at bay and to remember why we do what we do. We can "like," retweet, and make constructive, positive comments on blogs that will encourage voices to continue to raise for the sake of the gospel.
How are you encouraging voices to continue rather than to shut down? Do you see engaging in social media as ministry? If you feel you're not in a season of "ministry" or you're not finding a place to live out your calling, you may find that social media has opened that door for you if you're willing to step through. As long as you don't fall prey to its negative pitfalls, the stay-at-home-mom, the introvert, the person in transition or just trying to find an avenue for your voice can be released into ministry! It is indeed a very exciting time for anyone who can see the opportunity and seize it for the kingdom.
Connie Jakab is the author of the book Culture Rebel. Connie is passionate about rebelling against status-quo living and encouraging others to branch out. Connie drives her passion outward into the arms of those wanting something more radical and meaningful in life. She can be found on twitter @ConnieJakab. Connie is honored to be part of the Redbud Writers Guild.