There are times when I am just not very good at masking my frustration. Worse, there are times when I take to social media, particularly Twitter, to vent. I did it just this past week as I stood in the Post Office frustrated with and by…the Post Office. Now, to be clear, my mailman is fantastic. It’s only when he takes a day off that things go awry. Also, for broader context, my grandfather spent his entire career working for the Post Office after he was finished serving in World War 2. So I have a great appreciation for mail workers who actually do their job. It’s everybody else who is the problem. But then, I suppose that problem isn’t exclusive to Post Office.
Long story short, everything worked out, but not without difficulty. In the process, I saw the bowels of my local post office. It was terrifying. It kind of made me want to wash my mail when it arrives. I felt a little bit like Buddy the Elf in the midst of a not-so-shiny mailroom.
Back to the matter at hand, though. I was reminded of the uselessness of tweeting or venting in any manner out of frustration. It helps no one, it reveals our pettiness (and our need to mortify such a sin), and it does not bring honor or glory to Christ. Twitter and other social media offer a great temptation in times of frustration, but we must think before we tweet/post/snapchat or whatever. What is the purpose of my post? Does it honor Christ? We all have frustrations we encounter daily, but we do not need to share them with the world. After all, if I’m already dealing with my own, why do I want to know about yours?
So, now that I’ve used this blog to offer up another true confession, why not give your Twitter feed a quick scan, clean it up if necessary, and then come back here to enjoy your week in review (kind of):
- Unsurprisingly, I have a lot of Reformation-themed links to share with you today. Let’s start with this brief bio of Katharina Schutz Zell.
- Stephen Nichols on the significance of Martin Luther.
- The moral of the story? Pigs don’t make good pets.
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- What is biblical meditation?
- Here’s a list of books to help you celebrate this 500th anniversary of the Reformation. I can’t vouch for all of these because I haven’t read them and, realizing that this list was compiled by RNS, we may have to take some of the suggestions with a grain of salt.
- On unconditional election.
- The death of Ulrich Zwingli.
- John MacArthur on the beauty and blessing of forgiveness: