The sand in the hour glass of 2012 has almost run out. Time sure seems to go by fast these days. The end of 2012 means another year of blogging also ends. All is not lost since a new year, 2013, begins – Lord willing.
I’ve been blogging for several years. Yet, I do not know if I would consider myself a successful blogger. I’m not sure if I am even a good blogger, but I know my writing has improved. Hopefully, my content has also improved.
Personally, 2012 was the most spiritually difficult year while also the most spiritually rewarding. Amazing how God works out all issues for good in the lives of believers. He certainly takes care of His children through spiritual discipline leading to a graceful, spiritual renewal bringing out the fruit of the Spirit.
When a Christian tries to imitate Atlas by holding up the world, before long God will show him he can’t hold up the world. A Christian holding up the world is just as much a myth as the Atlas statue holding up the world. Scripture tells us not to worry because the Christ has overcome the world. So not only are Christians unable to overcome the world, we don’t have to because Christ has done so for us.
There were certainly some hard, blessed lessons in 2012. Yet, despite all the toe stubbing on my spiritual walk, I did not lose a limb. In fact, I am closer to God and my wife than I’ve ever been. Somehow 2012 was a very consistent year of blogging.
I almost quit blogging because – who cares?
I have wondered about who really cares about my blogging. I don’t think most in my local church read my blog, especially, in my new mega-church. Unless you are a somebody, and I’m not a somebody, blogging only reaches and affects so many people; probably less in the local church.
Please, don’t misunderstand. Some of what I’ve written has been helpful to some in my local church, but my audience largely is outside of my own neighborhood. Yet, I love and appreciate all(?) of my readers. I appreciate the occasional encouraging emails.
God has let me be a real blessing through my blog sometimes in the life of some readers. Praise God! But a blog cannot, should not, replace hands-on local church ministry. Nor, as I see it, should a blog be a substitute exercise for personal spiritual discipline. Rather, a blog better serves as an extension or an outworking of a Christian’s spiritual growth from personal prayer, devotions, service in the local church, etc.
Blogs, like all social media, can be helpful tools for Christians. But anyone can start a blog. It is a lot easier to start a blog, especially a critical one, than to give your life for others by serving in a local church.
So I thought – Why do I blog? Maybe it’s time to quit blogging; but I didn’t!
One reason I blog is to become a better writer that one day I may even become a writer. I want to write with more style and grace. Yet, as a Christian, I want to live with more holiness and grace to God’s glory. So as a Christian, writing a Christian blog, my writing and my life should be in harmony. I don’t want someone who knows me personally, who then reads my blog, to come away feeling they must try to figure out which is the real me.
I am learning to be critical, when need be, with grace. I hope to share things on the blog that are helpful. In disagreements with brothers and sisters, I want us to be able to walk away knowing we are brothers and sisters and not feel like we were just stuck with the devil’s pitch fork. But I know I won’t be there overnight as it is a process; part of my sanctification.
I will still address political, cultural, and societal issues as I am urged. For example, I will still ask questions of people like Piers Morgan to see if he will be consistent by charging the Qur’an with needing to be updated as he has the Bible. Some issues will be addressed more insightfully than others. And sometimes I will just fail, but by the grace of God I will continue.
Those are some thoughts to close out 2012 on blogging, life and stuff. There are a bunch of thoughts rattling around in my head – some I may share later. While blogging is low on my spiritual priority list, it is not unimportant, and I’m still at the keyboard.
Going forward, I pray God will use my blog in a most helpful and honorable way reflecting a life conformed to Christ showing the traits of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
For what it’s worth…