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I was curious to know how our society defines what we know as social media.  Social media is defined as websites and applications that enable users to create and share content or to participate in social networking online.  There are many public social media outlets and we are very fortunate at LHP to have the “The Scruff” as a media source for employees.

When we are stressed, often times our first inclination is to consult the latest how -to book or DVD or to seek out an opinion from a close friend or relative.  Now we can turn to the web and social media.  With so many social media outlets, how do you know which one to rely on and trust for true information or spiritual discernment?

Is there one that provides you spiritual guidance in conjunction with current world events? If so, please call or send me an e-mail and let me know!  Too often, the news we receive from CNN, Fox News, NBC and others only contributes to our anxiety.

From a spiritual prospective, there are social media sources that can be utilized to convey God’s messages to people who are seeking for the better things and information that life has to offer.  However, God himself will always be the greatest source for stress relief due to life experiences. He can uplift our spirit whenever personal matters give us anxiety. He takes our experiences in life and uses them to guide us through the roads of life. None of our experience is ever wasted if God is directing us. He uses what we have been through to develop us into the person He intends us to be.

A great example of this is the story of Moses. His inspiring life reminds us how as the adopted son of the Pharaoh’s daughter, he spent 40 years learning the language and ways of the Egyptians. But what better preparation for understanding life than to live in a stressful environment, so God sent him into the desert to care for sheep for forty years.

Nothing will humble a person like having to take a job for which you are overqualified, especially when your own failure put you there. But during those years on the poor side of town, God taught Moses how to identify with hurting people. I wonder if in our daily jobs, we identify with the less fortunate.

Finally, at age 80, Moses was ready to fulfill his calling. In the most unlikely place, God used His own social media, the burning bush, to reveal to Moses his calling as Israel’s deliverer. And even though he was afraid, made excuses, and raised objections, he ended up doing a brilliant job. The point is this, even though you may rather be someplace else than where you are right now, remember, God never wastes an experience. He will use all of it for your good. So Never Give Up! Never Give Up! Never Give Up!

By Chaplain Ghosten

chaplain@lhp.net