The conversation continues relative to your profile and today it is about the picture of you online. There’s a reason people say a picture is worth a 1,000 words … and in a web-based world that picture is still worth 1,000 words and at least 1,000 characters.
On most social media sites, everyone has the opportunity to post an avatar. Much like the movie of the same name, these are the identities you slip into as you begin to communicate with others in your favorite cyber hangouts. You decide what visual character will represent you. Perhaps it has a body, clothes, behaviors, gender or maybe you opt for a logo or favorite picture. Then you give it the name of your choice – maybe it is yours, maybe not.
In reality, your avatar may or may not be an authentic representation of you.
That said, the avatar you post pushes the emotional and intellectual connection you make with others a little deeper. Many social media thought leaders stress the importance of being consistent and using the same avatar on multiple sites. Why? It helps others visually connect with you from one place to the next.
Consistency reinforces what you represent.
The bible says each one of us is fearfully and wonderfully made – See Psalm 139. Your avatar can be a special way to express your God-given uniqueness. It impacts and stamps a visual impression on the minds and hearts of others.
So here’s a question an important questions if you are a Christ follower.
When you slide into your avatar are you putting on Christ, too?
We are given guidance on what it means to ‘put on Christ.’
The night is about over, dawn is about to break. Be up and awake to what God is doing! God is putting the finishing touches on the salvation work he began when we first believed. We can’t afford to waste a minute, must not squander these precious daylight hours in frivolity and indulgence, in sleeping around and dissipation, in bickering and grabbing everything in sight. Get out of bed and get dressed. Don’t loiter and linger, waiting until the very last minute. Dress yourselves in Christ, and be up and about!
Take another look at that avatar you’ve posted. Be deliberate. Be intentional.
- Wake up
- Clean up
- Look up
- Be YOU
So what do you think about the avatars you see floating in your daily stream? What kind are your favorites?