ICYouth: Out of the Abundance of the Heart the Mouth Speaks (Erianne)

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By Erianne Thedorf

“Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks”

If you think about it, it really is true. Your mouth may or may not always speak your heart, but 75 percent of the time, it does. Some of us might not always truthfully speak our heart or be brave enough to speak it, but for those who do, I congratulate you.

Think of these two scenarios:

1. You have a social media account; you post on it maybe once every other week, and your posts are short and brief.

2. You have a social media account; you post on it once every other day, and your posts are very long and thorough.

Abundance of the Heart blog 2.27.15Now think of the individual social media accounts as books. The first book would be short in length and not include much detail. The second book on the other hand, would be quite long in length and very detailed. If we were to compare them to gauge which book gave us more of a connection with a person most would argue the second book would be best. They post every other day and include lots of detail – you would know quite a bit about that person. The key word, however, is quite a bit. What if we weren’t more than what we posted? What if those “books” were something you would hand to another person if you met them for the first time. The first book provides too little information about yourself, and the second has plenty. However, they are both missing one thing: relationship.

The things you post on social media can or cannot be from your heart, but the gist of this all is that you are more than what you post. A social media account can hold all your pictures, thoughts and friends, but they can’t hold the relationships you make with other people. Like Grant stated last week, “when it comes to social media, the problem isn’t our filter; it’s the purity of our source.” You should think the same when posting on social media — you are more than what you post. That fancy new car, clothes or anything else you’re sharing might improve your reputation with your “friends” on social media, but it won’t improve your reputation with your close friends, and most importantly, God. For they know what’s in your heart truly, and the fact of the matter is you are more than what you post.

ErianneErianne is a Junior at Grayslake North High School. She enjoys books, movies, music and meeting new people!