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Friday, March 11, 2011

Are you who you say you are?

Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness but a faithful man who can find? Proverbs 20:6

In this age of social networking, we can all be exactly who we want to be. On Facebook, in our blogs, and in our tweets, we can all say who we are without worrying about anyone finding out the real truth. But what really counts? Is it what you say about yourself or how you actually spend your time and live your life? Is it really about how you treat others?

You've all heard the old adage "Actions speak louder than words." I think it still holds true, but the difference is that we don't really give people the opportunity to see our actions anymore. Our community has changed. Yes, the world is still small... and it seems to be getting smaller since we can all connect with not only our adult friends, but also our elementary school friends through social media. So many people to keep up with and we can do it all... behind the monitor of our computer, using words to describe ourselves. But we don't really let other people in very often. We don't let people see the the good, the bad, and the ugly. People have always been afraid of rejection, but now we have the power to never be rejected unless we say the wrong thing. And even in saying things about ourselves, we have time to really think about what we say before we say it. Is it really a friendship if people only love you for who you think they want you to be? Isn't unconditional love (real love) about loving people in spite of and through their shortcomings?

So, what you say about yourself may fool me into believing you're perfect, but you still know the truth. What really matters? Say what you want about yourself, but be the person that loves your friends and works hard and doesn't give up. Otherwise, all the words in the world don't make a difference.

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