The Butterfly Effect
I have recently started using my twitter account @drrobwave. I’ve had the account for almost 5 years and have yet to find a good use for it. I don’t quite understand all the ends and outs, but have found that there are some on Twitter who are quite effectively using their 140 characters per tweet. That’s right, for those of you that don’t use Twitter, it is a social media that allows it’s user to inform the world what they are thinking, up to, or feeling in 140 characters or less.
I “follow” a few folks like Tullian Tchividjian (pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian), Leonard Sweet, Brad Loemick, and Andy Stanly. I also “follow” my girls and some friends. The term “follow” means that you are connected to their accounts and receive their tweets (their 140 characters or leass). No matter how good your tweets are if you tweet more than 4 times I day, I will “unfollow” you. In the past few months I have been “followed” by people who I don’t know, but they “follow” 1000’s of people and are “followed” 1000’s of people. So if these people are receiving text messages every time someone tweets then I can imagine their phone constantly alerting them all day long. I often wonder if some of these people are paying someone to tweet for them.
Some of these people are tweeting, “I’m Tired” or “I ate at Olive Garden,” as if to inform their peeps “that’s how I roll, nap at 4pm Olive Garden at 7pm.” I’m thinking “good grief” to quote Charlie Brown. So here’s my deal, if you can attract 1000’s of people or even just 10 people to read your 140 character nuggets of wisdom or fodder of the mind, how effective are 140 characters? Does “I’m Tired” from your favorite superstar or your child tweeted have any impact. Does a great quote from C.S. Lewis or A.W. Tozier tweeted have an impact? Can the knowledge of your tiredness or your choice of restaurant somehow impact my life? Does a butterfly flapping its wings in Africa have an impact on the hurricane season in the Caribbean? What significance can 140 characters really have?
The jury is still out for me on this Twitter thing, but let me leave you with a few tweets from God.
John 3:16 – For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life (137 Characters).
Romans 8:39 – nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord (135 Characters).
Deuteronomy 6:4-5 – Hear, O Israel the Lord our God, the Lord is one! You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength (140 Characters).
Romans 10:9 That if you confess with your mouth Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved (129 Characters).
Revelation 3:20 Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with them, and they with me (138 characters).
Like I told you I’m not sure about this Twitter thing, but I do know that every word that goes out from the mouth of God: will not return empty, but will accomplish what God desires and achieve the purpose for which He sent it.