Who are you following on social media?

A better question is: Who is leading you?

We all need direction. We all need someone or something to lead us, to guide us, and to show us how to live our lives.

That is why, when we were young, we had role models like our siblings, our parents, and grandparents. When we became older, we had teachers and mentors.

Now, there are the people we follow on social media: athletes, celebrities, models, artists, authors, writers, and even politicians.

We follow them not just because they look good on social media. We follow them because, somehow, some way, they are leading us with their thoughts, their insights, their beliefs, their outlook, their perception, their actions, and their “truths.”

They are showing us a way on how to think, to act, to look at things and experiences, and even to live our lives.

We follow people because we want them to lead us.

In today’s first reading, Joshua addressed the Israelites to make a decision on whom to follow:

“If it does not please you to serve the LORD, decide today whom you will serve, the gods your ancestors served beyond the River or the gods of the Amorites in whose country you are dwelling.” — Joshua 24:15

Today, let us also make a decision on whom to follow, in social media and in our lives. 

Let us evaluate why we are following the people we are following and where or to whom they are leading us.

Let us follow people who lead us to Jesus. Let us follow people who lead us to the Way, the Truth, and the Life.

At the same time, let us also lead people to Jesus, by guiding them, walking with them, and loving them. Because people are looking for others to follow. People are looking for others to guide them. People need direction and let us direct them to Jesus.

This is true especially for our families and our children. Let us lead them to God. So that, like Joshua, we can say:

“As for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.” — Joshua 24:15

Who are you following?

A better question is: Who is leading you?


P.S. I’m sorry I was out again for days. My schedule at my day job got crazy. But, thank you for being there.

P.P.S. A person who I am following (or who is leading me) is Dr. Scott Hahn, a former Presbyterian minister who converted to the Catholic Church. Oftentimes, it is the people who converted to Catholicism who understand and appreciate the faith more — more than cradle Catholics do. I’m currently reading his book, Reasons to Believe: How to Understand, Explain, and Defend the Catholic Faith, and I’m learning a lot so far, especially about using not just our feelings but also our logic and intellect in following Jesus. It is also currently on sale on the Kindle store at only $1.99

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