Good Wednesday Everyone!
Over the past few days, I’ve been hearing from a bunch of amazing people about how much you’re enjoying the blog site. I mean the stats are pretty impressive and I can tell that lots and lots of people are reading away… but it’s VERY encouraging to find out specifically WHO is out there in this growing circle!
DAILY blogging has been a VERY big challenge for me. This is because of the JOURNAL factor and the fact that most of us have a very hard time separating our FEELINGS from the thoughts, words, and actions we need to pass on to the people we are influencing.
I remember when this challenge was on a much smaller level. Way back in 1991 right after Emily and I had given our lives to the Lord and we were going to a tiny store front church. Since there were only a few of us… guess who got asked to teach Sunday School to the toddlers? Yes, ME!
These kids had been growing up in “Christian” homes and their moms and dads were all about “family devotions”… and all of them KNEW the BIBLE like a pack of snot nosed theologians! LOL And since I was NEW AT THIS… they chewed me up and spit me out. Every time I mispronounced a bible character, one of them would start giggling and a few hands would go up to correct me… in front of a bunch of 8 year olds!!! It was very humbling and very educational. So, there you have it everyone… I learned the Bible from a group of lovely tots!
The real challenge at that time wasn’t the lesson or the correct pronunciation of Biblical terms. It was being able to teach on an early Sunday morning after SCRAPPING with Emily the night before! I mean, we had some pretty bad fights in those early days… it was REAL BAD at times… ok, I admit it… I was a horrible person back then… and Emily was a beautiful little angel! LOL
I remember calling my Pastor at like 1:00AM to tell him I wouldn’t be able to teach the next morning because I was an evil person. And he would always explain to me that I was a working progress… he would pray with me… and explain that teaching when my heart is broken or right after I have eaten a great big piece of humble pie was a healthy thing for me to do! He told me that nobody is perfect… and that God wanted to use MY WEAKNESS to showcase HIS STRENGTH!
Little did I know that THIS would be the story of my entire future! That someday, I would be teaching and inspiring people EVERY SINGLE DAY OF MY LIFE… and that my imperfect life would put GODS STRENGTH on display OVER AND OVER AGAIN!
Transparency is not about putting our weaknesses on display… it is all about showcasing GODS OMNIPOTENT STRENGTH! To live DAILY in front of a world thats desperate for a message, we must be able to SHOWCASE Gods strength over our weakness… Gods love over our hatred… Gods mercy over our judgment… Gods ability over our inability… and the million and one ways GOD ALWAYS BRINGS US THROUGH everything we face!
Even though we are not all DAILY bloggers… we are all LIVING DAILY in front of an audience. Our lives are OPEN to our friends, families, co-workers, neighbors, and all the other people we have to LIVE in FRONT OF EVERY SINGLE DAY OF OUR LIVES. And we cannot quit life… so we have to figure out how to showcase Gods attributes as DAILY MESSAGES to all who READ OUR OPEN JOURNALS!
2 Corinthians 3:2-3 “You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everybody. You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.”
So then, we are ALL LIVING BLOGGERS adding tremendous value to everyone else’s amazing life! I pray you have a super duper day… please leave a comment, let us know where you are from and what you’re all about… tootaloo!