My View on Blogging
The best blog posts to me, are the ones that come from the heart. So while some may take this post offensively, know that I’ll never sacrifice my content to fit the world’s idea of what makes a “good blog post” and I’ll always be honest with you.
The world of blogging is filled with an amazing group of people who are very open about sharing, lifting others up, and providing support. In fact, it’s probably the most supportive community I’ve ever been a part of besides church.
Unfortunately within every pile of good, there are always bad apples. This post is dedicated to the bad apples, the naysayers, the self-lovers, the proud, the boastful, and the ungrateful.
I sure fall into that category sometimes. This is not about me being better or me never being selfish or me never boasting. It’s about taking all that crap, bundling it up, and handing it to God – daily.
The difference between me and the “bad apples” (hopefully not you), though, is that I’m not doing this blogging thing for me. Sure, I get wonderful fulfillment out of sharing my thoughts, but I’m a firm believer that “the only platform we as Christians can mount is an alter where we lie down as sacrifice.”
Ann Voscamp, Christian writer and speaker had a message for Christian bloggers. She said,
How is your blog not about you, but taking you lower? How is your blog not about you, and making you humble? How is your blog not about you but about Christ?”
Wow, humility huh? What does that even mean? The word actually comes from the Latin word humilis. It means “low” – lowering the view of your own importance. It’s seeing the worth of all people.
One of the definitions in the Urban Dictionary says,
There are way better definitions about humility than this. I don’t even know why you’re still reading this. There are plenty of more interesting words to look up. I recommend irony or cynical.They’re far better than this…”
Funny, ironic, but a pretty good depiction of how a huge chunk of the world views life. Being cynical is far better than being humble, right? Are you a blogger who is doing what you have to do to make sure you’re happy regardless of how it affects others. Are you making sure you’re doing whatever you have to do to get your piece of the pie, even if that means throwing in your bad apples without regard for others? It’s a dog-eat-dog world, so sorry for those of you who are falling, failing, and hurting; that’s just life, right? At least I’m not falling- I’m just looking out for myself, making sure my family and I get through life with the least amount of bruises possible. I hope, for your sake and others, that you aren’t falling into that type of mindset.
Why You’re Not Really a Bad Apple
It’s way easier to go with the crowd. Just like it’s easier not to tell your children no. You’re not really a “bad apple”. You’re just flowing with the tide. You’re on the fast track, zooming along with the East Australian current. It’s warm and comfortable and it looks so promising. In fact, it’s going so fast you may not even be able to see what’s happening around you. You’re oblivious.
I get it and I’ve been there. It’s way easier to run with the crowd. It’s way easier to block your peripheral and do what’s popular. It’s way easier to build a brick wall between you and that voice in the back of your head.
Tell me: When has it ever truly felt good to bash others?
When has it ever felt genuinely fulfilling to disregard others?
When has it ever felt satisfying to focus only on your own gain and not that of others?
The Truth About Why You Stumbled on This Blog Post
You want some truth? I probably don’t even know you, but I cared enough about you to take the time out of my day to write this for you. I care about you, a lot.
In fact, this post wasn’t even planned or scheduled. See, the thing about blogging out of obedience to God is that it can become so powerful a feeling that God literally takes over and uses it as a platform from which He can speak to you.
God has something He needs to tell you today.
Before I started writing this post, I prayed for you. I prayed for this. That God would speak to you in a mighty way and that you would stop for just a minute, take time out of your busy day, and reflect on your motives.
I’m not always the most humble person. I’m not writing this claiming that I am. I’m writing this to tell you that it takes effort everyday, not to fall into the patterns of this world- to niche your way into a world that tells you that you don’t belong.
It’s up to you to believe. I can’t make you. You may not believe in God’s Word, but it’s hard to believe in something you don’t know much about. It reminds me of how children predestine themselves not to like certain foods. Before they even put those red peppers in their mouths, they are already determined not to like them.
Is that you?
Look what He says,
Don’t be naive. There are difficult times ahead. As the end approaches, people are going to be self-absorbed, money-hungry, self-promoting, stuck-up, profane, contemptuous of parents, crude, coarse, dog-eat-dog, unbending, slanderers, impulsively wild, savage, cynical, treacherous, ruthless, bloated windbags, addicted to lust, and allergic to God.” – 2 Timothy 3:2
We all have our moments, but if your overall view on life is one of self-absorption and contempt, you need to shout 911.
Check Your Motives
Are you self-promoting and self-absorbed or do you make an attempt to help others? Are you ruthless and crude? Are you after only one thing – money? Are you allergic to God?
Are you seeking only after popularity? You know, Jesus had only 12 followers and he lost one.
The funny thing is, I gained 12 new followers this week. If that isn’t God’s doing, I don’t know what is and while it may not sound like success by some people’s standards, I’m so grateful for those 12. Honestly, if you were my only reader, I’d keep on writing because I’m choosing to be where God tells me I need to be.
That’s right here with you, today.
You matter. You’re cared about. You’re loved. I know you have moments where you don’t feel like you’re good enough. I know you have moments where you feel on top of the world. Take the insecurity and throw it into helping others, will ya? Take that passion and use it for good. Take those blog posts and be real. Be the messy, cracked, shattered, hopeful, humble writer that will help others.
Promote your blog, collaborate with others, but do it in a way that is genuine and uplifting.
You could say I’m going against the grain, but you get splinters when you do that. If you embrace the way God does things, however, there are much more wonderful payoffs.
Much, much more wonderful and there’s no way I’m going to let one “bad apple” spoil that.
Wanna join the fearless dozen? I have way more to say!