Do you ever ask a question of God and then get the answer the very next day? Yesterday, I was journaling through a Piper article at a local coffee shop (thanks to the Mister having a day off and graciously keeping the boys), and I wrote down a question that I wanted to talk to the Mister about – as he is very good about seeking the enjoyment of God in my life – as he should (Ephesians 5).
The question was this: how do I do blogging and social media for good – and not have it cause ungodly characteristics to take root in my life and heart? In social media and really in all things – I struggle with envy, contentment, craving to be better and known. These thoughts grip my heart instead of lettering the wonderment of God grip my heart and let that be enough.
I don’t want to give up blogging and photography and social media – and I don’t think the need is there – I just think that care and concern for my soul (and also yours) needs to be always at the forefront of my mind.
So, here’s the answer – or at least more of the equation that I will bring to the Mister as we talk about it on our anniversary trip this coming weekend.
So clean house! Make a clean sweep of malice and pretense, envy and hurtful talk. Now, like infants at the breast, drink deep of God’s pure kindness. Then you’ll grow up mature and whole in God. You’ve had a taste of God. Welcome to the living Stone, the source of life. The workmen took one look and threw it out; God set it in the place of honor. Present yourselves as building stones for the construction of a sanctuary vibrant with life, in which you’ll serve as holy priests offering Christ-approved lives up to God.
1 Peter 2:1-5 The Message
I went through especially the first couple verses from my She Reads Truth reading for today:
Here’s the KCV (Kimberly Campbell Version):
Since you have been called to the amazingness of the Living Hope of Christ saving you and the Spirit living in you: don’t have anything to do with causing distress or pain on anyone else, don’t have anything to do with concealing or misrepresenting truth, don’t have anything to do with claiming and not being, don’t have anything to do with discontentment or wanting what other’s have, don’t have anything to do with communication that causes harm to another.
What of the above areas do you struggle with in blogging/social media? For me – its envy. Why do I write and photograph and cook – others do that and they have more followers, likes, giveaways, etc.
Do you struggle with putting down others in your blog? Maybe its the cute sarcasm of something that will be funny but you well know that it is really a slam against someone else?
Do you only put the good on IG and not real-life – that would be the claiming and not being part. Does it only show your home when it is show-worthy or your kids when they are all clean from a bath? Why not put the real life of them screaming their little heads off when you take away their milk cup?
God wants us to crave Him, crave the Word, work as unto the Lord (not so we gain more likes on facebook).
Who is set in the place of honor in your blogging and social media? Is your life on the computer or your iphone a sanctuary or dwelling place for God?