When I began blogging several years ago, I read something that I’ve tried to take to heart. It was an article that encouraged bloggers to be careful about what they post, because every entry does one of two things: (1) adds to the value of the blog as a whole, or (2) detracts from the value of the blog as a whole.
There are definitely those days when I’m tempted to throw care to the wind and just vomit all over my readers. The daily news cycle presents many opportunities for me to spew venom. However, I care far too much about you to do that. (Aren’t you glad?)
This little piece of advice has relevance to much more than just blogging though. Think about it. Every thought we allow to take root in our minds . . . every word we speak . . . every action we take . . . either adds to or detracts from our own lives — and the lives of those with whom we intersect.
For believers, every word and every action is also a reflection of the love of Christ at work within us. To be honest, we all have days when we miss the mark. Since discipleship is a process, it only stands to reason that the sinful nature within us rears its ugly head, gasping for life as we are daily crucified with Him. Sometimes we think bad thoughts. Sometimes we say bad words. Sometimes we do bad things.
Let’s be honest for a minute. There’s not a one of us who does not have somone in our life who just absolutely gets on our nerves, pushes our buttons, and all but begs for us to lash out in anger and frustration. I’ve found that God often places these people in our path to provide me with opportunities to rely on His power instead of my own.
In daily living, the goal for which we should aim is not one of perfection but one of steady growth in Christ. As we grow in wisdom and knowledge of Him, those with whom we share life (and space) should see more of Jesus and less of us. Just as we do not make a long journey in a short while, we must approach the Christian walk one step at a time.
I pray that this week will present you with many opportunities to share His love and message of redemption with those around you. As one of my seminary professors once counseled his students, “If necessary, use words.”
He must increase, but I must decrease.” – John 3:30 (ESV)
It’s a daily choice. What will you choose today?