13Oct

does anybody know what time it is?

I have been a Christ follower since 1980.  I grew up in the church, but didn’t truly surrender my life to Christ until the day after I graduated from college.  It was not until this time that I could fully relate to the words of the psalmist:

“God rewrote the text of my life when I opened
the book of my heart to His eyes.”

Psalm 18:24
The Message

God took a divine eraser to my life and inserted a new manuscript.  Everything I ever thought about, planned, or intended to do with my life changed.  He lovingly rewrote the script, altered my ambition, and wrapped His arms around me as I started to experience the thrills, romance, and adventure that comes from a life spent following him.

While this post is not the one where I will share my entire testimony, it is about how the concept of ‘what time it is’ has impacted my life.

Like most Christ followers my life has been filled with many defining moments and milestones.  Interestingly, at every one of those milestones I had someone who loved Christ and loved me and encourage me with a paraphrase of the words taken from Esther 4:14, “Oh I believe this is happening to you because YOU were born for such a time as this.”

I heard these words a lot over the years.  So much that I found myself feeling it almost sounded trite. I cringe and feel sick now as I remember how often I said, under my breath, “yeah… yeah…yeah.” Praise God for the patience and mercy He has shown to me.

For the record – let me say that NOTHING is trite about God’s word.  And that kind of thinking has no place in the heart of a Christ follower.  As you lean into Him, He pushes out all the junk that doesn’t fit into His holy intentions for your heart.  He brought me to my knees and on my face then used that very scripture to bring new life and new purpose to this season of my life.

So does anybody know what time it is?  Well I believe that when those famous words were first uttered to Esther as well as for every other person in creation, are true.  We were all born for such a time as THIS.  This is YOUR appointed time to know, love, and serve and to do it fully; you have to pay attention to all the resources available to you.  As a Christ follower, it is no accident that you are here NOW.

Over the past several years, social media has exploded.  People are satisfying their need to connect and find places and spaces to do it online.  The statistics are staggering and for those that are paying attention – understand the revolution that’s happening.

How is social media changing your view of the world?

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  • http://twitter.com/kennysilva Kenny Silva

    Social media has shrunk the world and made it much more accessible. Conversations happen across the globe instantly. We’re much better equipped to satisfy the urgency of God’s calling, because we can reach so many more people in a much more personal and conversational way. The more people that we can connect with, the more chances we have to spread God’s word and help people find Him.

  • Tami Heim

    I agree Kenny – every day I am amazed at the new connections I make and how authentic they are. The need for light and encouragement is great. I am excited you share this revelation in your heart. Bless you for sticking with us as we all stick with Him!

  • http://waynehastings.blogs.com/offtheshelf Wayne Hastings

    I think it’s redefined mass communication. In the same 140 characters I can read thousands or one person who truly may need to hear the encouragement or feel included. It’s inclusive, nobody wears ties and we’re (except those darn spammers) all trying to help each other, reach each other and learn from each other. It’s invaluable to me and I am blown away by the new friends I’ve made.

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  • http://twitter.com/heartcures Melinda Lancaster

    I’ve been doing ministry online since 1999. Interaction was quite limited until recently, however, due to the lack of platforms available. Most of it was done via email or through a mailing list. Now, I rarely use either. (this still feels strange)
    Social media has made it possible for me to be around the world and back in a flash. It’s broadened my view by providing a much larger window. I love that I can be teaching on Talkshoe.com while chatting with people from all over the globe.
    The evangelistic possibilities are endless, friendships continue to emerge, and the opportunity to share words of encouragement are ever-present.
    My overall feeling is that believers are being allowed an opportunity to use a very powerful medium for GOOD…and for God! I’m excited to be a part! What an awesome opportunity such a time like this is proving to be.

  • http://twitter.com/SandraHeskaKing SandraHeskaKing

    Oh, those words from Esther have been spoken over me. They’ve spoken to me. And I’ve clung to them. And here there are again.

    Why here? Why now? Why this? Why you? Why them?

    I never dreamed where Facebook and Twitter and my first blog post might lead. I never dreamed the relationships that could develop in cyberspace because of Him.

    Real relationships.

    My world is shrinking and expanding at the same time.

  • http://kimcashtate.com/ Kim Cash Tate

    This post so resonates with me. Like you, I didn’t become a Christ follower until I was in my 20s, and God totally flipped the script. I’m amazed at the ways in which He has changed my heart’s desires to align with His purposes and plans.

    I often think about time and the season I’m in. In addition to the verse you quoted from Esther, this one always speaks to me: “For David, after he had served the purpose of God in his own generation, fell asleep…” (Acts 13:36) My prayer for years has been to serve the purpose of God in my generation, and thanks to @stickyJesus, I’m thinking more about what that means where social media is concerned.

    How is social media changing my view of the world? First, it connects me WITH the world. As a stay-at-home mom who writes, my life can be pretty solitary. Social media provides connection, and it allows me a window into the lives of others. I see how many people are hurting, how many people share the same struggles as I. I see the power of a word given in due season. Because of your site and your book, I’m praying more intentionally about how God desires to use me through social media…in this appointed TIME. Thank you!!

  • Tami Heim

    Kim –
    First of all – I am grateful social media has connected us! I know you ‘get it’ and we see your example daily online. Thanks for being a light and not only seeing the need in others, but actively reaching out and being there for them. You inspire us! Thank YOU!

  • Tami Heim

    Snady (not a typo – a term of endearment)
    You are right on about REAL. This is all about relationships and the ability to connect without traditional boundaries. It is a privilege to be part of this time and in it with YOU. /

  • Tami Heim

    Melinda – YOU are a bright flash in the daily stream. Thanks for all you do to make these possibilities – new realities. It is a joy to have you sticking here with us!

  • Tami Heim

    Wayne,
    Me2! I am blessed by new friends and staying connected to old ones. Thanks for seeing that those in your path are there for a reason – that is so important. I also appreciate how you’ve used numbers to make the point. The analytical in YOU – as always – rocks.