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Who would have thought I'd ever bump into such intense "discipleship" on Twitter? By discipleship I mean "such intimacy between a person and his followers just like that between Jesus and His disciples." Do you remember the conversation between that nosy girl in the courtyard and Peter, just shortly after Jesus had been arrested and taken away from his disciples? The nosy girl said to Peter,
"Come on, don't deny it. Your speech betrays you...you are His [Jesus] disciple" (paraphrased).
Peter denied this accusation...in fact he even cursed the girl out in front of everybody (he probably feared his own arrest if he dared confess he was Jesus' disciple)...but it was very apparent that he had been with Jesus.
A disciple is intimate with his master. By intimacy, I mean a more direct interaction than an outsider would have with someone. Twitter breaks barriers. The Direct Messaging (DM) even allows for a more intimate access. That being said, I have had the opportunity to follow mind-blowing bloggers, entrepreneurs, and role-models. Lately, I have been searching for thought-provoking people. They are all over the world, but I just couldn't seem to find them..until I found Twitter and people started posting links.
It feels great to follow such geniuses as: Michael Hyatt, Lindsey Nobles, Challies.com, Michael Perkins and Pete Wilson of WithoutWax.tv, Rick Warren, BonaSings, A Day in God's Will, iWearPearls, WorthMore927, Scott Williams of "Big Is the New Small," MyZenMyPiece, DynamiqueProfessor, Zoebeliever, Rita (Erolyrics), and MwajimAl (Blogs with Christian Themes); Solomonsydelle, Blogoratti, Geecyrus, Verastic, Olusimeon, Adeolu (9jaboyb), Myne Whitman, RukieItie, Ms. LNQ, Good Naija Girl, akaBagucci, The Activist, Eyidearie, Fabulo-la, Bumight, Tisha Smith, Ktravula, ToluPopoola, Femme Lounge, happpyBBB, Seye Kuyinu, ShubbyDoo, Jide Salu, NoLimit2Life, Funmsdrebirth, LohiO, Chiedu Ifeozo, PixGremlin, and the Bookaholic Blog (Blogsville People). What about LITERARY AGENTS: Nathan Bransford and Rachelle Gardner? And then there's ProBlogger. Oh, let me not forget my former heart-throb before I got married: Jeremy Camp. And then myself (SELF). I cannot begin to mention all of the followership because I am currently following 274 people (or so). Of course, there are those who tend to drop some bomb-shells (unbelievable, mouth-dropping, not role-modelish tweets) once in a blue moon, but that's a story for another day.
Again, I imagine how the disciples followed every foot step of Jesus. In the world today, we have something that is faster than walking by foot and climbing the tallest mountains. Today, we have TWITTER. And it is here to stay. The reason I call it a "discipleship" is that if you take away all the gossips, jokes, and inadequate comments, you will find out that you can learn a great deal. You can learn how people think and why they do the things they do. And then you can explain why you do the things you do. Hopefully, through twitter a person can shine just a little light to brighten someone else's day. That's why I fell in-love.
So much for the love. When it boils down to the nitty-gritty, we are all human and we will make errors. Twitter could be a distraction and a lair for unnecessary talk. So in as much as there is a useful exchange of very-needed information, we still have to be careful so that we don't throw our "real-life" goals, dreams, visions, and callings (purpose) all because of the internet age.
Just like that saying that "love is blind!"
Tell me, why did you fall in love with Twitter?
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See you next week.