What do you retweet?
For those of you who don’t use Twitter, let me briefly explain. Sometimes we who tweet will read a post and feel like sharing it, so we will “retweet” by copying it to our own followers. You might think that someone like Justin Bieber, who has some 23 million followers on Twitter, would have the most retweets, but he doesn’t. People follow him on Twitter, but they’re not particularly moved to share what he says.
Do you know the content of the tweets that people share or “retweet” the most? I read about it right here in the Deseret News. The most retweeted tweets are about God’s love.
“That’s awesome,” author Anita Stansfield said on “A Woman’s View.” “As messed up as our world is, to recognize that that is still there, the craving to know that God is still there. Wars, politics, crime, violence — but God is still there, and he loves you. That is amazing.”
Some of the most retweeted tweets come from a woman named Joyce Meyer. I had never heard of her before, but I follow her now. Here are some of her most retweeted tweets of late:
“You don't need to know what tomorrow holds; all you need to know is the One who holds tomorrow.”
“Every time you look in the mirror remember that God created you and that everything He creates is beautiful and good!”
“I'm not in charge of my reputation, God is.”
“Part of trusting God is having unanswered questions. Get used to not knowing.”
“Love can melt the hardest heart, heal the wounds of the broken heart and quiet the fears of the anxious heart.”
“That tells me there’s hope,” Sen. Luz Robles shared on my radio program. “We get so caught up in the negative stuff. I made this new friend recently. Every morning I get a text from her, and they’re religious in nature. They’re all about God loving you as a woman. I’m not big into Twitter. It’s hard when you’re in politics. But I really look forward to those messages from this woman every morning saying, ‘I love you. Continue serving the state so well. God bless you.’ It’s just wonderful.”
Another one of the most retweeted evangelical leaders is Max Lucado. Here are some of his more popular tweets:
“Love is risky. The fear-filled cannot dream wildly. ... The worship of safety emasculates greatness.”
“Before you serve, before you teach, before you encourage, you should pray.”
“Look for ways to be a source of kindness.”
“Feed your fears and your faith will starve. Feed your faith, and your fears will.”
“Each one of us should lead a life stirring enough to start a movement.”
“I just got a chill,” Angel Shannon said. Angel is the life enrichment coordinator at Olympus Ranch Retirement Community in Murray. “That should be on the front page of the paper. It’s uplifting and balancing. There are so many more important things than the things we read about in the news, like this. This is wonderful.”
To the Deseret News’ credit, I did read about this in the Deseret News. And here we are — talking about it. And I can’t stop thinking about Max Lucado’s comment. I should be leading a life stirring enough to start a movement. (I have to retweet that.)
What would that movement be? How could I help people to feel better about themselves, to see themselves for the beautiful beings they are, to focus on their strengths and not their weaknesses? How could I help them to set down the weapons they’ve been using to wound themselves and feel kindness and love toward themselves instead, just for a moment, or a lifetime? Can’t we play jump rope and pay a mortgage in the same day, admire a round belly instead of just a flat one, say “I love you” with reckless abandon?
The tweets I will never retweet are the intellectually bullying tweets. Why would I want to spread that around? I feel sorry for those people. They need a few more tweets from Max Lucado, like this one:
"A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd.”