Have you ever felt lonely? We’d all probably say we’ve felt that feeling more than once in our lives. And when we do feel lonely, isn’t it true that social media has a way of making things worse? It seems like some of the biggest mistakes we make online come as a result of loneliness. Why? Because when we’re lonely, looking for acceptance, and hidden behind our screens, it’s a formula for trouble. There’s something about interacting with others online that makes us forget that they’re actually people. And that definitely makes it easier to make choices that not only have the potential to hurt them, but to hurt ourselves as well. Rather than wait until we’re in the moment, why not try and prepare ourselves ahead of time to avoid something we might regret. Solomon—one of the wisest men in the Bible—gives us an idea on how we can do just that! And as we take a look at what he has to say, we’ll see that deciding to apply his filter to our choices will help us avoid decisions we’ll regret.
Take some time to re-connect! Share a high and a low from your day or the last week.
Name some things people do on social media that they could potentially regret later.
Proverbs 14:16 English Standard Version (ESV)
16 One who is wise is cautious and turns away from evil,
but a fool is reckless and careless.
Why does loneliness often set the stage for bad social media decisions?
In what ways does social media make it easier to see other people as objects, not human beings?
How does being careless or reckless on social media hurt other people?
If you had a teenage son or daughter, what guidelines or boundaries would you encourage them to have on social media?
When it comes to social media, why is it important to pre-decide instead of waiting until it’s late at night and you’re by yourself?
Name one person who can keep you accountable to what you pre-decide.
God among us, we gather in the name of your Son to learn love for one another. Keep our feet from evil paths. Turn our minds to your wisdom and our hearts to the love revealed in your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
Mark the Cross of Christ on each others foreheads as a remembrance of your baptism and say these words...
"(Name) you are a beloved Child of God."
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