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.

What do my social media posts say about who God is?

It’s one question I don’t think I ask enough.

I spend so much time online that sometimes I feel like I live inside the Internet. I am swept along with each wave of happiness, outrage, hilarity, disgust, and heartbreak that happen across the headlines every day.

And then a year in review pops up. I thought I was safe in His arms, secure, and savoring His Presence. I patted myself on the back for all my goodness. In actuality, rarely do I ever post except when exceptionally indignant or proud of my opinion. Everyone else sees a snarky, sarcastic and scathing “Christian”?  This should not be.

So am I saying that you should care what people think of you based on my online presence?

Yes. And No.

As a believer in Jesus, I say YES. We need to be constantly aware of how we are perceived by others. There is the obvious like hateful words, swearing, crude humor, grumbling. And the more subtle things too, like the things we may say with good intentions? Like choosing to respond to a controversial post in which Jesus’s opinion would be in the minority. When we are unkind people think God is unkind.

15 Instead, you must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if someone asks about your hope as a believer, always be ready to explain it. 16 But do this in a gentle and respectful way.[a] Keep your conscience clear. Then if people speak against you, they will be ashamed when they see what a good life you live because you belong to Christ.

1 Peter 3:15-16 NLT

And in doing just that: responding as Jesus would, we should NOT care what they think. Because we are safe in a Just God’s arms. We have been blessed and chosen by God. As such, we now have the freedom from man’s judgement to share this beauty of freedom with everyone. 

This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. It leads us through the curtain into God’s inner sanctuary.

Hebrews 6:19 NLT

I started collecting inspiring images with wisdom written across in beautiful wide strokes. There is an abundance of them online, just waiting to speak some truth into someone’s day and then it occurred to me that maybe other people might appreciate them too. That’s why I started faith curator. It’s just a simple collection of faithful images I think are awesome and glorifying to God. Most images are taken straight from various places online, but I make my own from time to time too. Credit given where it is due.

So now, every time I post something, the question I ask myself is, not how do I look, but to whom do I look? I’m hoping you’ll see Jesus every time.

The Spirit of life in Christ, like a strong wind, has magnificently cleared the air, freeing you from a fated lifetime of brutal tyranny at the hands of sin and death.