Jamie Jean Schneider Domm
Digital Strategist for the North American Division.
Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, ‘Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.’ So they went away by themselves in a boat to a solitary place.” – Mark 6:31-32 NIV
For those of us who spend all day on social media working to further to gospel, it’s important that we learn to safeguard our own spirituality, as well as develop a healthy work-life balance. Another way to frame this is to make sure you are fed spiritually before you minister to others.
This can be a huge challenge, because when you work for a religious organization, EVERYTHING seems important because of the eternal impact of the work. And there seems to be no end to the work that needs to be done. Those of us who have chosen this type of career are self-driven but also driven by the expectations (or perceived expectations) of others. How do we prioritize? How do we set boundaries that enable us to get the job done, while taking care of our own spiritual health?
We’re not in this alone. God knows our limitations, and He doesn’t want us to work so hard that we work ourselves away from Him–the relationship that matters most. This is why He has given us the Holy Spirit. After we’ve given it our all for the day and go home to rest, the Holy Spirit keeps working.
He also doesn’t want us to dive so deep into the mission field that we become corrupted by it. There’s a lot of toxic conversations and content on social media, just like physical mission fields have their dangers and temptations. If the early missionaries of our church would have stayed away from the mission field because of the dangers, the Seventh-day Adventist Church would have never become a global movement. We must go where the people are and minister to their needs, while simultaneously guarding the avenues of our own heart.
HERE ARE 4 TIPS FOR DIGITAL MISSIONARIES TO HELP BALANCE DIGITAL MEDIA AND SPIRITUAL HEALTH:
God has not called us to live in social media, but to influence people through social media. Our influence online can stretch much further than we imagine with the help of the Holy Spirit.
God has called us to use our digital influence for Him, whether that’s an audience of four or 40,000. We plant the seeds; God grows the seeds. People pour out their hearts online. We can be there in their moments of crisis with love, hope, and truth. But in order for them to listen to us, we must carefully cultivate and use our digital influence purposefully.
By setting boundaries and sticking with them, we can be better equipped to help others. Share your personal tips for setting boundaries below!