ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Would Jesus Be Happy With Your Facebook or Instagram Page?

Updated on August 3, 2016
David Ortega profile image

Performed comedy since the 80s. Married with 4 boys and 4 girls. Wealth of humorous, faith-filled, and fascinating experiences.

National Catholic Youth Conference

Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis
Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis

Transformation in Christ

I attended NCYC in Indianapolis as a chaperone for our church teen group. Our two daughters, Alissa and Noelle along with 23,500 teens from all across the US, including Alaska and Hawaii were also in attendance. The speakers challenged our youth in word and in song to go out go out to all the world and tell the good news. We were asked, "Would Jesus be happy with your Facebook or Instagram page?"

I was thinking, “Did this conference truly transform me and the youth? If we were being transformed by the presence of Christ in the conference, what results should it yield?

Some Dance Moves

Questions For Our Youth

The conference inspired many of the teens to dance and to chant, “I believe in Jesus Christ! We love Jesus, yes we do, we love Jesus, how about you?" But were they caught up in the moment or were they being transformed?

I looked for evidence that our youth might be yielding results, that is, displaying the fruits of the Holy Spirit. They are so full of life and energy. Were they showing the joy and love of Christ? Were our teens conducting themselves in a worthy manner? Were the well-behaved actions of our teens so profound that the chaperones and ushers at the stadium were being touched and evangelized?

What about when they returned to their hotel rooms? Were they being respectful of their roommates? Were they keeping their voice volume down, cleaning up after themselves and avoiding inappropriate material on their TVs? Or on their electronic devices?

For our group of teens, I believe that overall, the answer to those questions is yes. Perhaps they were not perfect and its hard to know for certain. However, I found our teen group to be respectful and responsible.

So What About You?

Would Jesus be happy with your Facebook or Instagram page?

See results

Youth Group

Our church teen group in Indianapolis
Our church teen group in Indianapolis

Questions For Myself and Adults

Perhaps more importantly, I began to look for signs of transformation in myself. The Spirit of the Lord worked on me in the halls of the conference center. It gave me great joy to see hundreds of priests and religious in attendance. Whenever a priest or bishop passed by, I thought about the inspirational words of a holy person who said, “Greet and treat priests better than if an angel of heaven were to appear before you. For an angel cannot transform bread and wine into the body, blood, soul and divinity of Jesus Christ. Only a priest can.”

As a result of those words of wisdom, I smiled at every priest I saw in the hall. Some of them saw me smiling at them, others didn’t. What’s more, most adults and youth let them pass by without much of any acknowledgement. Do they not realize that someone greater than an angel had just passed by them? Do they realize that priests bring them the very Presence of Christ at every Mass? I began to pray that I could cherish this moment and hope that others would grow in their love for priests.

Bringing it Home: Where the Rubber Hits the Road

Beyond the walls of the conference center, how else might I myself be transformed? Can I display my renewed spirit of joy and enthusiasm within the walls of my own home? How might I show the love of Christ that I experienced to my very own family? They say charity begins at home.

I couldn’t wait to share the uplifting moments with my family members. I rehearsed what I was going to say. Yet, it has always been the pattern for me that whenever I have a deep spiritual moment with Christ, the Evil One will counter attack. God seems to allow Satan to try our patience. After all, love is patient.

On the return trip, there was a long line for lunch at the fast food restaurant and traffic delays. Moreover, some family members at home were not at the height of their joy when we arrived. I was prepared to share the moments we had with Christ, but they were not ready to receive them.

To top it off, I needed to use the restroom as soon as we arrived home. The toilet on the lower level was clogged. So I hurried to use the one on the second level. It too was clogged. In all of this, how was I to react? What would Jesus do?

Without growing angry, I quickly plunged the problem away and used the facility. After having the thought that whoever clogged the other toilet should clear it, I went ahead and plunged it myself. I then enjoyed a meal with my family. I thanked my wife for preparing it and told her how tasty it was. Matters seemed to be settling down when upon attempting to begin our family prayer time, arguments erupted among our children. I approached them with patience.

God helped me realize that this is where the rubber hits the road. If I were transformed by the love of Christ in this conference, I need to allow Him into the most challenging moments of my life and let Him shine through with patient perseverance.

Bus ride

Our Daughter's Reaction: It Was Amazing!

Despite temptations and trials, our daughter Noelle posted THIS on her Facebook page: “I had the most amazing four days of my life with people from all over the U.S at NCYC. It was amazing to see the thousands of teens come together to express and grow in their faith. All of the speakers were amazing and very enlightening! I met so many people and had an amazing time while growing in my faith! Thank you to everyone who made that even possible because you have touched over 23,000 teenagers lives! I pray that God helps me spread His love to everyone I encounter!”

Great job Noelle! You showed us an example of a post Jesus would be happy to see on a Facebook or Instagram page! Let us pray that conferences such as these, whether they be for youth or adults will transform us so that we can yield the results of Christ’s love especially when using social media.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • David Ortega profile imageAUTHOR

      David Ortega 

      2 years ago from Altoona, Iowa

      Dr CHE Sadaphal, I do think twice before hitting "send" when finished composing an email. When I worked for the State, we were asked to think about whether or not we wanted the entire content of our email to be in the newspaper. As public employees, it is subject to full disclosure at any time. Much like social media, once you post, it is permanent and can be retrieved in the future.

    • Dr CHE Sadaphal profile image

      CH Elijah Sadaphal 

      2 years ago from New York, NY

      I don't have a FB or an Instagram page, and I'm not sure what He would think of my Twitter feed.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)