When I update my status on Facebook, it's usually about me -- something I did or don't want to do or how something made me felt.
I love social media, but I'm becoming increasingly aware of the challenge to remember that it's not all about me, myself and I.
I've received that reminder in sadly abundant ways lately:
- A 36-year-old friend and mother of 8 was recently diagnosed with breast cancer
- A 34-year-old neighbor received the same diagnosis earlier this summer and I didn't even know it
- A friend from college has a tumor on her brain stem
- A fellow blogger was told today that she has cancer. Again.
Or I can be grateful for the social media that exists so that I might share in these people's stories and lift my heart in prayer for the sake of their peace, comfort and healing.
So today, this blog post is not about me. It's about us -- you and I together -- and how we can turn this self-centered technology inside out . Instead of sending out messages of "me, me, me," we can allow these bytes and bandwith to open our hearts to those who are suffering today, to those whose day might be made just a little better by a quick message that says "I'm thinking of you."
It's a reminder I need to hear from time to time. So, how can I pray for you today?