Thursday, May 21, 2015

More Than A Tweet

Living Lesson: More Than A Tweet
By: Christopher Wiles

An era ended this past week as David Letterman signed off his Late Show with a simple, "That's pretty much all I got ... thank you and goodnight."
Some responded with tears (sorry folks, I respect Dave, but that wasn’t me), some responded with jokes, and others responded with thanks.  I was particularly struck by Conan O’Brien’s tweet, which sums up much of how our culture has shifted. 

"It's absolutely absurd to thank David Letterman for all he's done in a tweet," said Conan O'Brien.  But that's the world we live in now. #ThanksDave"
That tweet was retweeted, 3,052 times.  Yes, “retweeted”.  Some people were too lazy to write their own grateful tweet and just retweeted Conan’s.  Conan, true to form, was making commentary and his followers illustrated well “the world we live in now.”  It’s a world of fast tweets and short-lived gratitude, trending today and retreating tomorrow.  Our Holy Scripture handed down from the Father through His Spirit gives us a view of gratitude that is more than a passing tweet.  
“And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” -  Colossians 3:17
“I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers.” – Ephesians 1:16

“The one who offers thanksgiving as his sacrifice glorifies me; to one who orders his way rightly I will show the salvation of God!”
– Psalm 50:23

Gratitude, how is it done?  It is displayed by doing something in someone’s name (Col 3:17).  It is done by praying for a person (Eph 1:16).   It is shown by sacrificing for someone (Ps 50:23).  If you’re thankful for someone today, how about doing something to honor them, praying for them, or sacrificing for them.  A tweet is a start, but more than a tweet is real gratitude and what the culture of Christ is called to. 

“I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.
” – Ephesians 4:1b