What Social Media Reveals of our Hearts

I recently read a thought-provoking quote from the eighteenth century writer Samuel Johnson. Johnson wrote, “Language is the dress of thought; every time you talk, your mind is on parade.” Immediately after reading these words I thought about what Jesus said in Matthew twelve when he was talking about how a tree is known by its fruit. Jesus said, “out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.” He goes on to say that good will come out of a heart that is good, and that evil comes out of a heart that is filled with evil. I have learned that I have to monitor my heart by monitoring my words. In addition, I can evaluate the spiritual health of my child’s heart by listening carefully to their words. In today’s world, it’s not just our spoken words that pull back the curtain on our hearts. What we post in social media gives insight as well. Parents, mind your own words and confess what needs to be confessed. Seek the Lord with your entire being, heart included, and lead your kids to do the same.