Friends in Today’s World of Social Media

A man of too many friends comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. (Proverbs 18:24 NASB)

Over a lifetime, thousands of people cross our paths. And in this age of technology, there is a plethora of ways we can communicate with one another. We post status updates, we tweet, we call, we write, we blog, we text. It’s never ending. How many FACEBOOK friends do you have? I have about 400+\- people on my friends list. About 35 of those are family. Twitter is another story altogether. I haven’t gotten sucked into that yet, but I’m sure it’s not too far down the road. Twitter Followers? Only 3…maybe 4. I’ve lost track! I have two blogs! I have a website that I update (or should update) regularly.

I’ve been thinking about all of this recently and have come up with a couple questions.

  1. how many of these people would I be “Friends” with in real life? Would I hang out with them if given the opportunity? How long would I be able to stay in the same room with my “Friends” if we did hang out?
  2. .if I find myself in a quandary, situation, dilemma, jail, would I feel at ease enough with any of my “Friends” to call and ask for help? Could I tell any single “Friend” a personal secret and remain assured that they wouldn’t share that information with their “Friends”?

I was going to answer the questions above, but I want to leave it open for contemplation and discussion. How would you answer these?

I have to remind myself often that when God allows people to cross the path of my life, it’s for a purpose. Some people are put there as friends, but more often they are a ministry for Him.


About D. Jodi Shumway

Wife, Mom, Daughter, Sister, Grandmother, Friend, Writer, Editor, Reader, CHRISTIAN.
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