Is What You Retweet Helping, Or Hurting You?

Recently, a friend told me, through another friend, that I retweet too much on Twitter!

As you can imagine I wondered where that statement came from. What had I retweeted that made him feel this way? As a result, I went through all my tweets and retweets that I’d posted recently.

Later, when I was having coffee with the first friend, I asked him about it. It turned out that it wasn’t that I retweeted too much, but rather that I tended to retweet people he is was already following. My retweets were filling up his timeline. Seeing as he only follows about 80 people this wasn’t so hard to do.

It was a pretty funny conversation. What it did though, was make me quite conscious of the people and tweets that I retweet. I considered what he was saying and I considered how I retweet.

We all retweet!

The whole episode got me thinking about how everybody “retweets”. Even people who aren’t on Twitter. In our minds, we all “retweet” conversations, thoughts and feelings, over and over again. If we’re not careful we end up changing our behavior, simply because of one situation, or one persons comment that we’ve continued to think, or even dwell on. What was a single moment in time becomes something we can’t let go of, and it get’s “retweeted” in our minds again, and again, and again.

It’s good, if it’s good!

This “retweeting” can be good, if the thoughts are positive and truthful. When we take on board a friends perspective through a comment they make, it can be helpful. It can assist us in our pursuit of the way.

But, when we allow ourselves to continual think on negative, destructive things, they only bring harm to our lives. “Retweeting” these things will completely change our outlook on life, how we see others, and how we see God. Worse than this, it will eventually change our thinking about how God sees us. Instead of believing the truth, we end up believing the lies we have “retweeted” to ourselves.

What should we retweet?

The Bible has many encouragements about the sorts of things we should fill our minds with. We’re constantly encouraged to meditate on scripture, to be “retweeting” it to ourselves.

One particular verse that seems relevant to this thought is Philippians 4:8 which says;

“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”

So, as you actually retweet people on Twitter today, allow your retweets to be a reminder of this scripture, and of the things that are beneficial for each of us to be mentally “retweeting”.

Thoughts? Who do you retweet on Twitter? I’d love for us to create a list of great people and organization to follow and retweet. In doing this, I hope it can remind us all of great things to be thinking about, meditating on and “retweeting” to ourselves.