Social media allows you to spread joy

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Published on: 10/31/2013
by Kevin Duncan @kevinjduncan on Twitter

Social media has revolutionized the way information is delivered. No longer do we rely on the nightly news, or the morning newspaper, or a gossiping aunt to hear about the latest what nots and what have yous.

Sure, those sources still have news stories to share. But they aren’t usually where we first hear about them. For me, at least, I hear about them on social media sites Twitter and Facebook.

It isn’t just their speed of delivery I like about Twitter and Facebook. I like how they bring to my attention stories I likely would not have known otherwise. And, usually, these used-to-fly-under-the-radar stories are good stories.

Uplifting stories.

Stories capable of bringing a smile to my face when I am facing a somber day.

Photo: Associated Press, provided by Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority

Stories like Darnell Barton’s, the school bus driver who talked a suicidal woman off a bridge while the high school students he was transporting looked on in admiration.

Afterward, Barton received a standing ovation from his students. And then he went right back to work.

I wouldn’t have found this story if not for social media.

Nor would I have found the story of the stranger who was sitting near a mom and her children at a Pizza Hut, saw the good manners she was trying to impart on them, and chose to pay for her meal, leave her a gift card, and write her a 3-page letter of encouragement.

The stranger, “Jake”, wrote:

“I do not know your back story, but I have had the privilege of watching you parent your children for the past 30 minutes. I have to say thank you for parenting your children in such a loving manner.

I have watched you teach your children about the importance of respect, education, proper manners, communication, self control, and kindness all while being very patient.”

I will never cross your path again but am positive that you and your children have amazing futures.

Keep up the good work, and when it starts to get tough, do not forget that others may be watching and will need the encouragement of seeing a good family being raised. God bless!”

The woman’s back story: She’s a single mom and victim of spousal abuse. And she’s convinced “Jake” was an angel.

There are many reasons for you to be on social media. These are two more to add to the list.

If you or your church aren’t already using social media, go. Join.

And then go spread some joy.

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