2.26.2013

THE BLOG ENTRY ABOUT BLOGGING



recently i've gotten a few questions on blogging. anywhere from why to how to when to where. and it's good because it forces me to re-evaluate why i do the things i do. here's my conclusion, in three parts. and sorry, but this is as condensed as it gets.


1. what blogging is not:

firstly, i think it is crucial to identify this reality: we are all placing our identity in something. maybe it's our calling as a wife or a mother, as a voice in social media or blogging, in our profession or achievements. it happens to all of us because it's rampant in our culture and it's in our very sin nature.
Sin is the despairing refusal to find your deepest identity in your relationship and service to God. Sin is seeking to become oneself, to get an identity, apart from God. -Soren Kierkegaard 
if i am blogging to have significance because of my influence (i.e. - worrying about numbers and followers or pageviews, etc) then i will be exhausted and frustrated continually because establishing myself on the basis of people's approval is impossible and restless. as St. Augustine wisely said, we were made for God ALONE and we are restless until we find rest in him. our worth must rest on the approval of Christ alone. if looking to our own lives isn't an example enough, look at Israel's-
This is how Israel got to where they were. They made other things ultimate and whored themselves out to false gods who could not save. Israel was always running to other gods and then coming back to the Lord. This is the nature of our sin. We give ourselves out to false gods and then come running back to God when our life is in ruins. The gospel sets us free from this kind of fickle faith. God approves of us in Christ, without condition. We are accepted and adopted into his family. -Journey to the Cross, page 38 
blogging is not a means to which i find my worth, a way to gain approval, or acceptance.

2. what is it then?

i honestly believe blogging to be another way to share the Gospel. granted, because all of life is under the Lordship of Christ it does not mean i can't talk about other things. but the central focus of my blog should be the Gospel. because a blog is, albeit a small one, a reflection of my life. and hopefully my life is centered and resting on it as well.
If there's anything in life that we are passionate about, it's the Gospel. And I don't mean passionate only about sharing it with others. I mean passionate in thinking about it, dwelling on it, rejoicing in it, allowing it to color the way we look at the world. Only one thing can be of first importance to each of us. And only the Gospel ought it be. - C.J. Mahaney
when i am learning new Truth and trying to apply it, i love sharing it. because how can i keep silent? part of the journey is sharing how the Lord is carrying me. i find a blog to be an accessible way to do  just that.

3. so, how do we blog?

words are important. they are weighty. death and life are in the power of the tongue (Prov. 18:21). we should ask the Lord to make the words of our mouth and the ones we type acceptable to him (Ps. 19:14). our words should be gracious (Prov. 16:24) and most of all, we should be quick to listen and slow to speak (James 1:19). in essence, we should carefully choose our words. we should not write in haste, and we should even pray about what we write. once in a while i will go back and read an old post of mine and cringe. why would i say that outloud?? it's embarrassing. but it is refreshing to see how i have been pruned between then and now. thankfully there's more pruning ahead.

i can't tell you how many times i've heard people frustrated because someone's life seems perfect on a blog. if writing a blog causes you to exaggerate the good in your life or if reading a blog causes you to be discontent, then you should re-evaluate what you are doing. i say that only from experience and not with a pointed finger. clearly, we all know no one is perfect, no matter what picture is painted. as an aside: because i do photography, i choose to mostly use good pictures and not the bad ones. it's like if you are a chef, do you give your guests something you prepared that doesn't taste good? no. you only give them what tastes good - your best. 

what you share is your own business. no one needs to tell the internet everything. for each person, there will be a different comfort level and conviction about what you write. it's up to you through prayer.

oh, and no matter what, weave encouragement throughout. don't point fingers, unless it's pointed at yourself. we are not here to condemn or convict, in my opinion.

words are truly a gift. let's use them well.

i leave you with this -
Human language is our attempt at navigating God's language; it is us running between the lines of His epic, climbing on the vowels and building houses out of the consonants. - N.D. Wilson, Notes from the Tilt-a-Whirl, pg 44
may our stories continue to tell of His work and kindness and grace in our lives. may our language be an attempt at conforming to His language, and by the end of our small story in His epic, by grace, we'll have conveyed something truly worth saying.

29 comments:

  1. "may our stories continue to tell of His work and kindness and grace in our lives. may our language be an attempt at conforming to His language, and by the end of our small story in His epic, by grace, we'll have conveyed something truly worth saying."
    Amen! Wonderful post, thank you!

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  2. Carissa, and for sure, your words are such a blessing and what a testimony you are to those of us who read your blog.Great entry!

    Blessings my dear!

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  3. "because establishing myself on the basis of people's approval is impossible and restless. as St. Augustine wisely said, we were made for God ALONE and we are restless until we find rest in him. our worth must rest on the approval of Christ alone." Oh yes, yes, yes. So very good. I will be re-reading this. So many good points! You know, as long as we are doing EVERYTHING we do - whether it is blogging, training up our kids, or doing the dishes to HIS GLORY and that alone - that is all that matters.

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  5. Yes and amen!
    Although I knew blogging was good for my soul, because as Piper says,
    "I do not know how light is shed,
    Nor understand this lens.
    I only know that there are eyes
    In pencils and in pens.

    I also knew that I was looking for approval. My prayer this year is that I am an influence for His glory not my own.

    Thanks for writing this!

    p.s. i love Notes from a Tilt-a-Whirl!

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  6. I really like this post. I love how you connected blogging to God, and how as Christians, our blogs are not worth reading if they are not centered on Him, instead of the numbers. Thank you!

    hugs,
    ~bree

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  7. Okay girl... maybe the best post on blogging I have ever read. SOOOO good. And true and right and lovely. Amen. There is a real peace when you come to that place of knowing your blog's purpose and your place within that purpose. And letting go of followers and numbers and stats are such a key to that peace. Loved this.

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  8. Sweet Carissa, this is absolutely beautiful. Your heart, your focus, and your words are true. Thank you for being brave and writing this truth.
    Love you always.
    Rachel

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  9. very well said. when i started blogging i never even thought sharing the gospel was an option, and how wonderful to know so many bloggers use their blog to share it! so i agree, blogging is the perfect platform to share Jesus and His love. i loved this: 'when i am learning new Truth and trying to apply it, i love sharing it. because how can i keep silent? part of the journey is sharing how the Lord is carrying me. i find a blog to be an accessible way to do just that.' amen to that!

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  10. I just pinned this. This is such a blessing; thanks for sharing!

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  11. THANK you so much for writing this post. It is extremely encouraging.

    Blessings!

    -Madi

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  12. This is so inspiring Carissa. And true. I love that you always talk from your heart and it always shows in your writing.

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  13. This'll preach. :)

    Cory was reading some of my first posts last night and said, "You used to never talk about your faith!"

    'Tis true. And like you, it's fun to look back and see growth there.

    Really well said, C.

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  14. These words are wise and refreshing to my soul! Thank you for taking the time to write this, friend. So thankful for this little corner of the world to unite hearts in pursuit of Christ and share His grace! Definitely pinned.

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  15. LoveloveLOVE this. Wonderful wonderful. Your words are totally true! :) May we glorify the Lord in everything we do - even blogging!

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  16. Oh, I can't even tell you what a beautiful post this is. But I'll certainly try!

    I feel like blogging can be so daunting (I had a blog a year ago and deleted it because I was upset, long story)but reading blogs like this are so inspiring and make me grateful for "technology".

    Thank you for sharing, I feel like I want to save this post! :0)

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  17. I love your words. I always leave your blog feeling like I just took a breath of fresh air. Thanks, again, for the refreshing reminder of God's love!

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  18. This is beautiful and so genuine! Thank you for sharing your heart! <3

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  19. i used to put way more of my self worth into blogging. the numbers...gah! so silly. that's when we need to re-evaluate...why are we doing this? for us? or for what we stand for?

    great words today, my friend.

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  20. I'm getting ready to blog once again and your words here will be remembered. The Kierkegaard quote is making it's way onto my inspiration board so that daily it will make it's way into my head and heart.

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  21. Hi, Carissa!
    This is kind of funny to say, and a first for me, but your Grandmother sent me! i live in Petaluma, CA and am friends with Marilyn through church, life and Ladies groups together, She sent me an e-mail with a link to your Blog today and said she thought I'd like this one. Was she ever right!! Amen and Thank you for such an inspirational post. You spoke right to my heart and I appreciated every word. As I do know, they do not always come easily, but you'd never know after reading yours. Praise God! Christ is my Savior and friend, too, and I enjoyed your insight.
    Many Blessings to you and yours!
    ~Theresa

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  22. I love this post.
    I've been asking myself a lot of questions about blogging recently, and the Lord has shown me some things in my heart that need to be purged.

    You're so right...we are so quick in our human nature to give our worth and identity to anything that will try to fill the gaps.

    It's good when he shows us our priorities....it helps us to know where we need to surrender.

    Thanks for your honesty...and for your sweet witness of God's love and grace.

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  23. I love this post. Thanks for a very timely reminder! This has been on my heart quite a bit recently but I've had trouble making sense of my feelings about it - you have just put it very eloquently, thank you.


    Aanika X

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  24. Good post. I pinned it so others can read it. :^) patsy

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  25. i missed this one. so much truth!

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  26. This has been very helpful. Thank you.

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