One of today’s biggest social media platforms (and one of my favourites) is YouTube. In fact a 2011 survey discovered
The average YouTube user visits the site 14 times per month, spending an average of 25 minutes on the site each time. This adds up to 5 hours and 50 minutes per month for the average YouTube user. Not as much as Facebook, but read on… Together, we spend 2.9 billion hours on YouTube in a month.
Its crazy to think that we waste that much time staring at a screen, but what if staring at that screen stopped being a meaningless act and instead helped you draw closer to God and learn more about Him. For me, YouTube has become a super helpful tool to find others who want to share their passion and heart to see Jesus’ kingdom come by sharing His message with the world through their videos. Therefore, today I wanted to share a few of these with you all.
This guy, is where watching YouTube in this way all began for me. If you do nothing else today watch his video “Why I hate religion but love Jesus.” From spoken words to answering tough questions, to uploading super cute vlogs of his family. His perspective on issues is so christ-centred and he conveys this in such a gracious way.
This 19 year old, is a fun loving girl who knows exactly what people need to hear and is a fantastic role model for teens. She lives fearlessly, never letting her youth be an issue. Her videos come straight from the heart and cover a range of topics. Some are interviews, others candid vlogs of her speaking about what God has placed on her heart. (Her instagram is also pretty cool)
Ever struggle to study the bible? Jon’s 10 minute “A day in the Word” videos are short bible studies which help to study the bible in an engaging way, leaving us with things we may have otherwise not noticed. He too also creates spoken words, delivering them with a contagious passion.
This is a new discovery for me, but one which came at a perfect time. 24-7 prayer create short one minute video series for the seasons of lent and Advent, as well as some others. Currently they are doing a series called “Stories from the Wilderness” which gives those who have been delivered from tough times by the grace of God a voice. The videos only last a few minutes and are a great way to start the day in the right mindset.
This girl chats about just about everything. She shares God’s perspective on many issues young people face today from a super honest place. On top of this she sings! I mean what more could you want.
Ive left my favourite til last. This channel not only inspired me and encouraged me in my faith, but showed me a new way to honour and worship God; through taking care of myself. Although many of her videos are based on health and fitness, they all have God’s will at the core. Also she is getting married soon- so look out for a super cute wedding video in the foreseeable future!!
I could go on all night but I’ll stop there. Maybe you find it hard to read, this is a great alternative, not only to learn more but to know that you aren’t alone in your struggles or in your joy; you are part of a family of believers who want to transform culture while seeking out his heart.