On June 4, 2009, I posted a status update on facebook, lamenting the fact that there are no Krispy Kremes or Dunkin Donuts in Muncie. You see, it was National Donut Day and these fine establishments were giving away free donuts in honor of this spectacular holiday.
My status was seen by an old friend with whom I’d recently reconnected via the social network. Jennifer was one of the adult volunteers in my high school youth group. She challenged me to be more open about my faith in school. She even washed my feet once in one of the most moving worship experiences of my teenage life.
Anyway, when Jennifer saw this status update, she immediately thought of her friend, Tom, who didn’t live very far from us. He was beginning the trek back to God and was looking for a church. Jennifer put 1+1 together and Tom eventually became a regular attender at Cowan Christian Church.
To make a very long story much, much shorter, I had the honor of baptizing Tom into Christ this past Tuesday evening.
Jennifer was there, too. She brought donuts.
God used something as simple as a mindless status update to spark a conversation that led to a friend finding his way back to God. Some are arguing that facebook is killing our souls. Maybe it is. But it can also help change someone with a life-changing message.
I guess it’s all a matter of perspective.