Words are a burden and a privilege

“So too, though the tongue is a small part of the body, it boasts of great things. Consider how a small fire sets ablaze a large forest.”

James 3:5

These days you can find me sitting out in my garden early before my family gets up, reading scripture, scribbling furiously in my notebook, and drinking copious amounts of tea. But as for online publishing I have been struggling lately with what to share and how to share it, as the Internet is already too full of everything… and nothing

It’s not that I don’t have a lot to say on things these days, or how the Word of God continues to strike awe and reverence into my heart, but a thought has been forming inside and growing larger. It’s a concern of the heavy burden of words. As we know from reading James 3, we have the ability to both bless God and curse others with the same mouth. We see this everywhere for better or for worse.

Are you using words responsibly? Am I?

Despite the minefield of stumbling blocks in my vocation, I have decided to stop hiding and press on with authenticity and humility. Jesus never just preached without proving his words by the way he lived. “Actions speak louder than words,” they say, and so it is with Christian writers like me who set out to be a coworker with God and point others to Jesus.

It king of makes me wonder what others see of my life when I write, that either agrees or contradicts the Word of God. Reader, can I ask you what you hope to find here? I believe that what we readers seek is not a shining example or an empirical reference guide, is a real person, warts and all. And words though dangerous are vital.

I’m just trying to live every day like Jesus and I fail a lot. To show that in my writing was always my intent from the beginning 8 years ago, but I’ve strayed from that and gotten into my head about it. As a result, I think my writing has become sterile and lacking joy. I really want to change this.

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