Fools care nothing for thoughtful discourse… Proverbs 18:2 (MSG)
PocketFuel Take Over – Amanda Viviers.
I've known Amanda for almost two years, and in that time she has been a constant source of encouragement and support. She is a writer, a mum, and a creative coach who lives to see people fulfill their unique purposes and gifting. Enjoy this series from her; I certainly did! Email your thoughts and questions to email@example.com
Fools Care Not – Proverb Ponderings – Part 1
Does our online culture silence? Or provoke kindness?
“Fools care nothing for thoughtful discourse; all they do is run off at the mouth. Many words rush along like rivers in flood, but deep wisdom flows up from artesian springs.” Proverbs 18:2-4 (MSG).
Lately, social media and our online culture have been frustrating me to the point where I have considered carefully where to contribute, and where I need to stay actively silent. Not necessarily because I agree or disagree, but I refuse to debate in a forum that is so destructive.
Words are so powerful, and the wisest women I know are measured by their words.
I am a verbal processor. I normally find my answers mid-conversation or mid-page of journalling. I process, think, debate, discuss, listen – I'm surrounded and enamoured with words.
Lately, I have been learning that the more I speak, and the more I write, the more I am accountable to the weight of my words.
Whether we type them, speak them or text them, every word we use has power.
Do your words rush out like an out of control flooding river?
Or do they well up like an artisan spring filtered with layer upon layer of wisdom?
When I see people shout from their keyboards, I wonder if they would say the same thing if they were standing on a platform in front of thousands. There is nothing like a crowd, a pulpit, or a platform that helps us distil the depth and passion of our opinions. This same filter just doesn't seem to be applied to our online spaces, yet often we are speaking, sorry shouting, at hundreds of thousands of human beings.
I think some of us find it easy to debate online passionately, but when we see that person in the flesh, we shrink away with not much to say.
Kindness is an ethical disposition that asks us to place ourselves in the shoes of another before we act or speak.
What if kindness became the filter of our online responses?
Kindness doesn’t require that we water down the truth. In fact, often the kindest thing we can do is to speak the truth filtered with wisdom.
I personally try not to judge people by differences that we disagree on. I spend my days trying to build bridges between people about what we agree upon. Human beings are my greatest delight, and I know deep in my being that they are also the delight of the gracious God I serve. Proverbs thirty-one encourages me with this wisdom: “When she speaks she has something worthwhile to say, and she always says it kindly.”
Kindness empowers those in our conversations to have a voice. Whether that voice is online, in a cafe, or over the phone. I am often challenged by Malala Yousafzai when she talks about her voice being silenced. She said it recently this way;
“We realize the importance of our voices only when we are silenced.“
Is your online behavior silencing people and removing their voice?
Or does kindness precede your faith?
Go to Part 2 – Speak Up »
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