I hate and love Twitter. It can be a time sucking nuisance and enriching in equal measure.
I was praying for a friend this week who is struggling at work and trying to figure out what God wants her to do/not do. This situation was in my mind when I saw these concurrent tweets by the lovely Nicky Gumbel @nickygumbel:
1. God guides us INTO things, NOT just OUT of them. Stay where you are until God calls you INTO something new
2. Do not be afraid of growing slowly. Only be afraid of standing still.
Number 3 was a few days later:
3. Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving. -Einstein
Now I know all of these are individually great titbits of encouragement and guidance and certainly they all have truth. They will cause people to reflect, contemplate and hopefully check with God directly over whatever place they find themselves in! I’m sure that is what Nicky hopes for.
But the contradictions in these Tweets, even when viewed with a less pedantic eye than mine, is surely clear.
I understand to some folk it is important to maintain a presence on Twitter with pithy soundbites so that their other works can reach a wider audience. But are we running the risk of causing confusion even with the best of intentions? Am I being too pedantic, too harsh? Do the benefits of little bits of scripture and encouragement being delivered throughout the day rather than in a single download on a Sunday outweigh the risks? Should we be considering that what we write on Twitter may only be 140 characters long, but it is part of a longer and wider narrative, that is easily accessible?
What do you think?