Now, I know we can all argue that we can evangelize through Facebook, Instagram and all of the other hosts of social media trappings. We can be a witness to life in Christ. But this simple joke between my husband and I, has me wondering if that is really where I should be spending my time. Is my presence on Facebook really making a difference in the spiritual life of others? In my spiritual life? For the better?
Statistics vary, but some studies show that the average American spends 2-3 hours on social media A DAY!
What if Mother Teresa did that?
She did write, yes. No blog posts to fill the Internet, but paper to fill a journal. Letters to her sisters. And we read her words, not because she had the most followers on Bloglovin', or because her witty humor was shared tons on Facebook, but because she ardently followed the ONE who calls us all. She, first, was an example by her works, her faith, and that is why her words had so much credibility and beauty. She didn't serve to make a good status update, she served for an audience of one. The ONE.
Those moments outside, picturing Mother Teresa walking down the street eyes fixed on her iPhone's screen made me truly search my own heart and soul. I attempt to make excuses for my time spent on the Internet. Oh, it is "me time,' "It is a stress reliever," "Who knows whose heart it will touch?" But, oh, if these social media sites were around when Mother Teresa was alive, I do not think she would have done anything differently, knowing it is more important to touch the one person in front of you instead of attempt to reach, hundreds that you can never touch through a screen.