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Memes and Tweets Versus Real Conversation

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.  1 Thessalonians 5:16–18 NIV

Post the pertinent meme. Write the funniest tweet. And whatever you do, get to the point and make it pithy. Otherwise, you’re revealing your age and social media aptitude.

If those are the rules, I’ve lost before I’ve begun. Am I the only one who feels this way? I’m developing Meme Anxiety (MA). Is that a real thing? I don’t know, but MA may show up in the next edition of the DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual) for counselors.

I must face the facts. Other tweeters are invariably funnier and more clever than I am. They hit the punchline while I’m searching for the send button. I raise the white flag on trying to appeal to a few quick seconds of attention span.

I’m thankful the Lord doesn’t limit my conversations with Him. In fact, His attitude is quite the opposite of requiring brevity and social relevance in our talks. He invites me to rejoice at what’s going on, pray all the time, and give thanks for everything. That requires many words.

Obviously, He likes the sound of my voice. If I want to ramble on about the vivid colors in the sunset or how great it was to spend the afternoon with my grandchildren at the zoo, I am welcome to do so in His presence. If I write down a long list of all His blessings to me and read them aloud to Him, He doesn’t mind. If He’s calling His children to rejoice, pray, and be thankful in all circumstances, He must delight in lengthy communications.

Social media is one way of keeping up with the lives of friends and family, but maybe a phone call or coffee together are better avenues. Real conversation is not short, but it is sweet. Fellowship with the Lord and others is cultivated over time as we pray, praise, and rejoice together.

Is there something wonderful happening in your life? Call someone and share the news. It will probably encourage them. Are you struggling with a problem? Pray, then pick up your cell and run through the contact list. Someone can help. Make that call.

Whatever you do, don’t forget to communicate with the Lord.

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Grace Assante

Grace Assante has enjoyed various writing projects over the years, and after attending the 2022 Asheville Christian Writers Conference, she was inspired to learn the craft of writing well and not to give up on her dreams of publication. She and her husband live in Brooklyn, New York, and are blessed with three grown children, two wonderful daughters-in-law, and three adorable grandkids. She enjoys traveling, reading, taking long walks with her husband, and meeting friends for coffee.