Well it has finally happened. I have joined Twitter!
For some of you reading this, you’re a little stunned that I waited so long to join Twitter. As a writer, Twitter is a great promotional tool that I have willingly avoided thus far. From a marketing standpoint, it was about time.
For others of you, it is remarkable that I joined Twitter at all. As many of you know, I have written a number of posts exploring the pitfalls of Twitter, one specifically explaining why I had yet to join. I have challenged Twitter users on Ed Stetzer’s blog and I have written about it on Christianity Today’s blog for women, Her.meneutics. Although I never condemned Twitter itself, I suspect some readers perceived me as being outrageously anti-Twitter.
However my intent was not to reject Twitter wholesale. Drawing on the language of 1 Corinthians 10:23, it was never an issue of whether or not Twitter is permissible. As a technological tool it is, by and large, morally neutral. Instead, I have wondered how it might be beneficial. Knowing its many misuses, how might I use Twitter in a way that is productive?
As one who struggles to tame my tongue in daily conversation, I am sobered by the public nature of Twitter. As a Twitter user, I am only a few taps of the finger away from miscommunicating or mis-speaking in front of an entire audience of followers. The knowledge of this temptation has been a great deterrent.
On the other hand, I have spent the last several months praying over my writing ministry and thinking about how I can better serve the church. Although I use my blog as a teaching platform, I would like to do more with it. I am the steward over a tiny corner of influence, and I am not content to steward that corner with writing alone. Using my blog, I want to be a more tangible example of the truths I teach. This means giving a voice to the voiceless, promoting powerful ministries, and supporting other Christians and Jesus-centered causes. In addition to those resources and partnerships, I want you to know about my writing on other websites, but I have been limited to promoting these sites through Facebook. Twitter allows me to do all of these things.
With those desires in mind, I have set a ground rule for myself, and I give you FULL permission to hold me accountable to it:
The primary purpose of my Twitter account is ministry and the up-building of the church. It will not be a running log of my daily activities. You will not know when I am stuck in an airport or on a date with my husband. You will know if I hear an encouraging quote or read a great Bible verse. You will know when I come across a great cause or a great book. You will know when I have posted a new blog, or written for another website, or hopefully the day I publish my first book!
That is not to say that I will not respond if someone Tweets something to me or about me. I will, especially if it’s encouraging! 🙂 But I also need a margin of privacy in order to continue in an authentic life of Christian discipleship. I do not cast judgment on those who use Twitter differently, but knowing myself it will be difficult to remain authentic before God and others if I am constantly tweeting my life before a host of watching eyes. I fear my life will become a performance.
That is also not to say that my Tweets must be stuffy and self-righteous. In laying these ground rules I’m not trying to be legalistic about this; I just know my weaknesses and I want to be wise about it.
With all of that in mind, you will notice some other changes on my blog as I attempt to use this space for greater purposes. In doing so, I hope to exemplify the content of this blog, rather than simply writing about it.
Hope to see you on Twitter!