There is a social media account for almost everything we do…
- The books we read
- The films we watch
- The food we eat
- The clothes we wear
- The items we consume
We are able to record every aspect of our lives…
- How we feel when we wake up
- How the daily commute goes
- How full our inbox is
- How glad we are when lunchtime arrives
- How happy or sad we are when we return home
We are not bound by the here and now either…
- We can see what we shared last year, or before
- The pictures we have taken are in The Cloud
- Our consuming history is recorded to market back to us
- Facebook timelines record our birth…
- Facebook tributes are paid when we pass
Digitally our lives and our thoughts can be as private or public as we choose…
- We can share our lack of inhibition
- We can journal our secret hopes and fears
- We can secretly direct message or snapchat…
- We can tweet and go public
Samuel is a rare character in the Bible. His whole life, and more is recorded.
- He could have a Facebook page created by his mum. Detailing the prayer and gratitude, before during and after his birth
- He’d tell his friends of the voice he heard at night while playing Moshi Monsters
- His Flickr account would detail his travels
- His profiles would explain what he did, and why
- His blog would illuminate his decisions, his judgements
- The comments would be trolled by Philistines
- We’d hear his frustrated status updates when the people demand a King
- His private journal would record his hopes for a young man after God’s own heart
- His tribute page would hark back to a golden age, to a man who had a deep faith
- Tweets would even claim to be in contact with him after his death
Our whole lives can be digitised. We are digital disciples. If Samuel was a digital disciple we’d know a lot about him. Fortunately, we do know a lot about him. Two books in the Christian Bible bear his name.
From before birth to after death, we can leave a digital footprint.
From before birth to after death, Samuel left an ancient footprint.
What sort of footprint are we leaving?