God's word in today's world

Social network thieves


Social networks are addictive.

Due to the nature of our ministry I must constantly make sure that the posts on the various social network platforms have gone through. But then I noticed that I don’t only check whether our posts have landed. I quickly scroll through the news feeds to what fresh news there are.

Later I would tell myself that it is enough, work is waiting, but then another small voice whispers: “Just scroll down a few more times. Then you can close it.” And before you know it, 15 minutes or half an hour is down the drain.

For what? Why do I want to listen to other people’s personal gossip? Why do I want to see a hundred people do stupid stuff? Why do I want to look at a photograph of one drunk hitting another drunk?

That’s why I removed the shortcut icon to the social platform from my computer.

I wonder how much time is stolen from businesses via social networks every day. I wonder how many employees are chatting to friends and family via chat channels likes WhatsApp. I wonder how many chokes and funny video clips employees share during working hours.

I wonder what the bosses would do if employees brought a couch into their offices and invited friends and family for a nice chat about what they are doing and what they are going to make for dinner. I wonder what they would say if the employees installed a TV screen against the wall for watching funny pictures and videos.

Does this sound a bit far-fetched? Well, whether you’re watching on small screens or a big one against the wall, you’re still stealing time from your employer.

The Word of God says we shouldn’t steal at work: 9-10Guide slaves into being loyal workers, a bonus to their masters—no back talk, no petty thievery. Then their good character will shine through their actions, adding luster to the teaching of our Savior God.

Yes, you can steal time too. Would you spend all that time on social and communication networks openly in front of your boss? If your answer is “no”, you’re stealing time from him or her. It’s as easy as that.

Obviously, it’s not about time only. We shouldn’t take anything from the boss without asking permission. Don’t even are take even a little money. Before you know it, it’s grown more and more.

It’s like the financial lady at our children’s school. She was caught putting thousands of rands in her own pocket. She didn’t start with the big amounts. At the beginning, it was just a small amount. And now she’s in jail …

We who are children of God must be honest in everything we do. We must give our best for our employers. We should be that person when they look for someone trustworthy. If they want to leave money and information with someone they can trust, we who are called children of God gmust be first in line.

Scripture
Titus 2:9-10

Reflection
How much do you spend on social networks at work?
Re you honest about everything?
What do you have to do differently?

Prayer
Lord, please help me to be totally honest with my time at work. I’ve become so used to this way of doing things. Please help me get rid of this bad habit that is so wrong too. Amen.

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