When I thought about this topic, Canadian-American songwriter’s Alanis Morissette song, ‘What If God Was One of Us’ came to mind. Immediately, I thought of the time when Jesus Christ walked on earth, about 2000 years ago. And I wondered what people thought of him, how they related and interacted with him. What was on some people’s thoughts about his way of life?
Then I came to a conclusion that some people might have regretted the way they treated him after his death. Others must have regretted not having a relationship with him when he was alive. The rest would have said ‘I would have treated him better only if I knew who he was’.
All that must have happened because some people knew Jesus before his death and some know who he was after his death.
Today, we all know who Jesus is and what he did while on earth. So if Jesus was amongst us today in the human form, what will happen? I think there would be no hiding place for him and we will all probably want to know him or have a personal relationship with him. One of those things I feel Jesus will do is to join the social media family.
Imagine what will happen if Jesus was on social media, especially Twitter. Jesus won’t need to inform Twitter as a company to get verified. As a matter of fact, I think he will be the most followed person on the micro-blogging service.
After American author, speaker and employee of Twitter, Claire Diaz-Ortiz convinced Pope Francis to join the bird family, he has gained more followers than some influential figures around the globe. With a stunning five million followers, @Pontifex is fast rising, gaining over 4,000 followers daily. He tweets in Latin, German, Polish, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Italian and Arabic.
As a religious figure, he’s doing well on the social media. Now imagine if our Lord Jesus Christ tweets. He will absolutely tweet in every language on earth because he is believed to understands and speak every language. You won’t be compelled to follow him; you will utterly and willingly submit yourself to keep up with his social media updates. Now, I can relate with why Peter and the other disciples abandoned what they were doing just to follow Jesus.
Each time I decide to connect with anyone on social media, I check the person’s profile and what he or she talks about. My thought is always on this question ‘If I connect with you, how will it be of benefit to me? What is in it for me? What value are you going to add to me?’ Jesus must have preached a fantastic sermon from Peter’s boat and many people must have listened. Great messages attracts great listeners; same with your social media activities. What are you talking about on social media?
What will Jesus Christ talk about on social media?
• Love and Peace: The gospel of Jesus Christ is about love. God himself is a loving father. ‘For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son… John 3:16.Peace on the other hand is an extension of love. ‘So then let us pursue what makes for peace and for mutual up-building.’ Romans 14:19. If we don’t love each other as people, peace won’t reign. The first and consistent message Jesus will preach will always be about loving each other.
• Leadership: The leadership guru, John Maxwell said ‘Everything rises and falls on leadership.’ We will all have many things to learn if we follow Jesus on social media as we will gain so much from his leadership style. Jesus’ first message was from a boat not like the platforms we have in churches today.
From that preaching, he got the commitment of 12 disciples though Judas was a ‘carrot’. The remaining 11 disciples so much continued the great message even after his death. What a leader! You are a leader in your own little social media world. People act and react on charisma to your post; even without knowing who you are.
• #AskJesus: Social media is all about connections and interactions. Jesus can’t be on social media and not get feedbacks from his post. In fact, you will ask him many questions like the Manchester City fans did recently when they asked Jesus Navas some questions about his football career. They wanted to know: “How does it feel playing against Moses in the Premier League? Can you play football on water?” I know you have better question to ask Jesus. Ask him in your prayers and quiet time.
Jesus is not on social media. He will never be but we can learn from him to make the social media sphere and the world a better place.
Thanks to bankole adedeji an editor of punch newspaper for this lovely article
source : punch
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Shortcuts to Quick-Starting a Business
We live in the world of startups – they’re everywhere, customers dig them and they are successful. The whole idea of a startup, however, is quick establishment and low investment, which is quite challenging to achieve. Although the point of startups (contrary to popular belief) is in no way to crash and burn quickly, this is often the end result, owing to the fact that entrepreneurs still aren’t used to this new way of doing business. Fortunately, everything about startups is logical and easy to wrap your head around, as this article aims to show.
Everything starts with an idea
There is nothing more fruitful for a business than an original idea – something that has never been done before and that is completely innovative. Of course, we live in a world of technology, connectivity, and being the first one out of almost 8 billion people to come up with an idea is not only difficult, but borderline impossible. Unfortunately, even if you spend hours researching and reading, it doesn’t necessarily mean that an innovative idea will come to you.
Fortunately, the majority of modern startups are based on an existing idea, only improved in some way, or in a different niche. For example, opening a flower shop is in no way a new idea, but opening a flower shop that uses cute little colorful cardboard flowerpots might turn out a success.
Everything starts with an idea that needs to be either original or innovative.
Having a partner is always a cool idea
…especially if these are your baby steps in the world of startups. Ideally, a likeminded friend with similar interests and with the same amount of passion for the project is the perfect choice.
Firstly, the world of business is scary – going through it alone is not only frightening, but also difficult. A partner to share your business successes and failures with is a welcome thing.
Secondly, you might have a huge network of sources, such as investors, testers, potential employees, etc. but it will never be as big as when pooled with a partner’s group of contacts. For example, you might know the perfect candidate for an IT expert for your future business, but your partner may contribute with an awesome web designer.
Finally, there is nothing more rewarding than coming up with something with someone else – this will deepen your friendship and turn out to be a hugely valuable experience.
Round up a passionate team
You don’t have time for CVs, cover letters and recommendations when recruiting – you need to rely on your own personal contacts and the help of big data. Don’t be afraid to spend days on social media research – the perfect candidate might not become obvious by their CV qualifications, but by what they post on their social media pages. For example, a good SEO professional will have a ton of necessary prerequisites, a college degree, more than a couple of finished SEO courses and a neat, professional LinkedIn profile picture. On the other hand, an awesome SEO professional will constantly post about interesting SEO-related stuff on their social media – this means passion, and passion is invaluable, especially when it comes to startups.
Don’t be afraid to outsource
Unless you are incredibly lucky, you won’t be able to fill every position that is required for your startup, and even if you do, you might not be financially able to employ everyone full-time.
This is why outsourcing is a perfectly viable option; for example, if you can’t afford a personal assistant while starting up your business, but you’re tight on time, hire appointment setting services for making cold calls and generating leads.
Name and domain
Remember that you don’t have to rush with the name. Despite the fact that you’re planning on starting a startup, you still have time enough for the perfect name to pop into your head. However, if the perfect name does happen to come to you, make sure that you check the domains for availability and that you coin it as soon as possible – there are a lot of people in the world and someone may well come up with the identical name.
These tips are the basics of what you need to know before getting a startup going. Keep in mind that your idea doesn’t have to be original, but innovative; don’t be afraid of having a partner; be especially focused when it comes to hiring, but don’t be reluctant about outsourcing if necessary. Finally, coin your future domain name on time.