Motivational Social Media

Motivational Social Media

Social Media has been motivating others and myself to do more in life.

When a user opens up Instagram, what does a person see? A user sees photographs, moments in peoples lives in pixelation form.

What do I see? I see motivation to live life to the fullest.

Every person on Instagram, and other social media outlets, gives me motivation or ideas for things I want to do or be in life. I see glimpses of peoples lives with awesome adventures either traveling to exotic places or doing something as simple as a fun community service project. Seeing other people have so much fun and accomplishing things has made me want to do more.

Instagram is not the only social media that plays an important part in creating ideas or having adventures. Pinterest is a place where a person can make up their dream life or feel creative. A place where ideas can be born and shared. Twitter is where the most random thoughts are shared and, for the most part, not judged. Facebook has become a great place to connect or share with people who you may have a lack of contact with or don't see very often. Sharing photos and opinions is where a different view point can be found.

There is actual research that has been done on how social media has influenced certain industries.

According to Zheng Xiang and Ulrik Gretzel, social media has created an economic boost for people wanting to travel. With the sharing of photos and opinions on where to travel and how to travel on social media, people are more comfortable with the idea of traveling. They saw a nine percent influence from mainly Facebook and Instagram. There was a 24 percent positive influence from travel boards (which are easily accessed through a share on Facebook or an attached pin.)

Xiang and Gretzel weren't the only ones who found social media motivating others to become part of the world beyond the screen. Georgetown University Center for Social Impact and Communication have found that people who are technologically savvy on the internet are more likely to do or help with community service. Fifty five percent of participants of random surveying said that after seeing a cause via social media, they have been inspired to take further action. Thirty-eight percent agreed that a way that can help further the cause's awareness was by specifically sharing it on social media.

But isn't social media just media?

Yes, it is true that social media is a branch of media. According to the Oxford dictionary, media is defined as mass communication. Media influences our opinions and ideals. Social media has become an easy way to share or influence others, but instead of having a huge corporation influencing others, it's each person doing the influencing. By the click of a mouse or typing on a keyboard, a person can write a review about somewhere or something that can influence a persons decision or view point.

Millennials, my generation, are the pinnacle users of this new wave of communication. We are consumed by it and love to use it.

Just as Xiang and Gretzel found, I am more motivated now to explore what the world has to offer due to my seeing others enjoying the world through a lit up screen. I have been more motivated to go hiking, travel Europe, become trendier, cook and live my life by trying new things.

All in all, I will keep pinning stuff on my boards and clicking "like." I will keep looking through travel blogs and Instagram feeds. This is a weird motivation, but it works. They are goals. The goal to try the latest DIY projects from the cool pin I found or learn how to cook through a video someone shared on Facebook.

This might seem like a weird new kind of motivation, but this is how a generation is starting to find a new sense of motivation. All social media users: Remember now that every time that someone post something, it might inspire someone to do something out of their norm or their comfort zone. It's important to share photos or thoughts, because a user may never know who they may have struck a chord with.

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Christian Boys Vs. Godly Men

It is time to stop settling for the lesser of the two.

Ladies, there is a huge difference between a Christian boy and a Godly man; therefore, it is time to stop settling for the lesser of the two.

So many times I hear girls saying:

“Well, he’s a Christian.”

“He goes to church with me.”

“He listens to Christian music.”

“He went to church camp.”

“He has a favorite bible verse.”

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Well, all of those things are just peachy and there is nothing wrong with doing those things. I mean, they’re all good things to do. But how is his personal relationship with God? How is his prayer life? Does he talk about his relationship with God, with you? Is he truly a follower of the one true God in all aspects of his life? These are some of the characteristics you should be looking for that makes a Godly man.

Ladies, a man will love you great when he loves God greater.

A Godly man will pursue an honest relationship with you. He will be clear of his intentions. A Godly man will worship, pray and passionately praise God with you. Whereas, a Christian boy might open the door for you, a Godly man will open his bible and explore God’s word with you so that you both may grow spiritually, together. While a Christian boy may put on an outward show, a Godly man will live out the love of Jesus daily.

So ladies, are you catching on to this ongoing trend? A Godly man does more because you deserve more.

A Godly man will be a leader. Trust me, I know that in today’s society Godly men are few and far between while Christian boys come in plenty. But you deserve a man who is after God’s heart not just a boy who goes to church. And I know that this Christian boy may seem great and have some really stellar qualities at the time but money and looks fade, whereas, an ongoing love for our savior will not.

The greatest thing a man can do for a woman is to lead her closer to God than himself. (Yes, yes, yes).

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So I beg of you, do not settle. Do not settle just because you’re tired of being single, it’s convenient or because you want the relationship your friend has. Single does not equal available and a relationship status does not define you. God uses your season of singleness to prepare you for what is to come. And if you’re dating a Christian boy, he needs to step it up or you need to move on. Wait for a Godly man who is ready to lead you. God’s timing is always better, always. No matter the circumstance. So, do not rush God. (I mean, He is, after all, pretty good at His job). Therefore, turn your full focus to Him and He will direct your path.

“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Matthew 6:33

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Our Leaders Need A 'Time-Out'

We all learned a few essential rules as children.


As I look watch the news, I can't help but wonder if the lessons we learned as children might not serve our leaders well. They seem to have forgotten these basic lessons. I am reminded of the book by Robert Fulghum "All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten."

Watch out, hold hands, and stick together.

I think this could be useful in a couple of different contexts. First, the current divisiveness in the country doesn't serve us well. We are first and foremost, a part of the family of humankind. Differences in politics, religion, and so on come in far behind that one important attribute. What happened to the notion of agreeing to disagree?

Second, when leaders get off a plane in another country, they should remember who they came with and who they represent - "watch out, hold hands, and stick together."

Clean up your own mess.

Trump seems to take great pleasure in blaming everyone else for their "mess." The government shutdown was someone else's fault – any Democrat. When the stock market went up, he happily took credit, but when it went down, he quickly shifted gears and placed the blame on the Federal Reserve Chairman. Daily and hourly tweets out of the White House place blame on someone else for his "mess." Sadly, he still likes to blame Obama and Hillary for his mess.

Don't lie.

Politicians have always had a bad reputation when it comes to honesty. Still, the number of lies that we hear from Trump (and members of his staff) is unprecedented even for a politician.

We all learned these lessons when we were little more than five years old. Now more than any time in history I think our leaders need a " time out" to re-learn these lessons.

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