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Show Me the Value

My wife and I have been working so hard on adoption grants and preparations lately for our adoption from Japan. I am nearly finished with the e-book I have been writing as a fundraiser, and man, I am tired! I knew it would be a big undertaking, but I had no idea. Besides all that, I leave tomorrow for a week to attend and minister at a conference in Oklahoma. Anyway, today I wanted to share something I wrote a while ago and reworked for today, but it stills rings true. Hope you receive some value. 🙂


Technology and social media and how they can coexist and enhance the Church and church life is a topic I like pondering and discussing. Sites like Twitter and Facebook as wells as blogs and websites can be wonderful tools in the hands of people with a heart for ministry and expressing the love of God.

As you look into reaching out further, you can’t do a Google search without running into thousands of posts on all the “rules” out there for how to be effective. I personally think there’s one that boils it all down to its essence and it’s useful in life as well as technology. You simply have to ask yourself the question,

Am I adding value?

This has become an important concept in the use of technology in a Web 2.0 world. Contrary to what we may think or see, people aren’t looking to waste a lot of time. Whether it’s that tweet your sending, article you’re linking to, post you’re writing—determining whether you’re adding value to those who will see it can be a guide.

I don’t think Jesus would have a problem with this. He said in John 15:1-2,

“I am the true grapevine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch of mine that doesn’t produce fruit, and he prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more.”

God is making sure we add value, otherwise we’re cut off. People sometimes pan social media because they feel like it’s just losers talking about their boring lives.  Okay, to some degree, the critics may have a point. You can, however, present things going on around you in interesting, unique, funny, or insightful ways—thus adding value. In the spiritual sense, you can encourage, bless, and inspire. Personally I think one the greatest things you can do to add value is make someone laugh (a joyful heart is like a medicine).

We don’t want to fill the world with noise. There is plenty out there already (and inside our own heads). Though it may seem subtle at times, great things can be accomplished when we are able to add value in the big and small ways. We share our hearts. We share resources. We expose others to new relationships and creativity. We share Bible studies and church messages. We share ministry ideas and opportunities. We share a laugh or a funny picture. The operative word in all this is obviously, share.

It’s the same in our church, family, and personal relationships—we add value by being there for someone when they need us, pointing them toward a great deal, telling a joke, or something as important as sharing a testimony or our faith in Jesus. We don’t think about it so much, we just add the value we have.

What if we did think about it though and looked for ways to add value? What would you stop doing? What would you do more of? God made us to impact those around us and in our sphere of influence with light and truth, and He will prune us to increase our effectiveness.

Take a moment to celebrate what God’s given you: how do you add value? How are others adding value to you today?

14 Comments

  1. I get tired of reading all the “experts” in social media and blogging. Not only do the rules change quite a bit, but what works for one person or business wont’ work for another. It really is all about adding value to those who follow you.
    Jason Vana recently posted..The Superhero in YouMy Profile

    • Totally agree. I used to try to follow that stuff, but it will consume you. Turns out it’s a lot more intuitive than we think. Thanks Jason.

  2. How do I add value? I think people smile when they read my blog. I like smiling. Smiling is my favorite! 🙂
    Helen recently posted..Twanswers to TweetsMy Profile

  3. A wise reminder to make it all about Him. Most of us have a tendency to be in the forefront, dishonoring God and everyone involved.

    Thanks for the reminder in words, deed, and action.

    Praying for you and your family, for the adoption process and your ministry in OK. May God bless you and yours.
    floyd recently posted..THE BLUE SUITCASEMy Profile

    • Floyd, you’re the best. Thanks for the prayers.

  4. That’s a great question to ask in all areas of our lives! It really helps us think through what is most important.
    Kevin Martineau recently posted..7 ways to relationally connect with our childrenMy Profile

    • Can’t go wrong to contemplate this. Holy Spirit reveals His heart to us when we pursue. Thanks Kevin.

  5. Jason! We must be in the Same Holy Spirit my friend…

    I did my short post on this…Twitter VS. Jesus…

    just adding some perspective…

    The social media outlet is good…as long as it doesn’t steal our affection and time away from HIM…who has more followers then all of social media combined!
    arny recently posted..Twitter vs JesusMy Profile

    • Love it when that happens, Arny! Thanks. 🙂

  6. Good post, Jason.

    L.L. Barkat posted something along these lines today over at Green Inventions Central. She talked about the way that Klout measures a person’s social-media influence. She writes that Klout tracks “who you love, what you love, how much you love, who loves you and how much they’re willing to share the love.”

    I like that. I like to treat social-media as an extension of my daily challenge from God to love thy neighbor.

    • So good, Jennifer. I agree, every area of our lives can be a reflection of His love and grace and power. Thanks!

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