Sisters, it can be so hard to gauge our "realness" when it comes to the blogging world. Even in our attempts to be authentic, we can still be seeking praise for our humility, or we can be painting a prettier picture than really exists of ourselves so as not to appear "too bad". We can even be tempted to explain away our failings or struggles to make it appear that we are somehow justified in our sin. I realize this may be a heavy topic, but I think it's one we need to talk about. I believe, with all my heart, that one of the greatest gifts we can give one another, as sisters in Christ, is our own humility. Do we bless a sister in Christ when we clean our houses to spotless perfection before they come over, after all we claim it's not to impress them, but rather to offer the "utmost in hospitality"? Personally, I find it more of a blessing to see a sister's house in the midst of real life living. It reminds me that none of has it all together all the time, and it becomes an extension of God's grace towards me. So what about our blogs? Are we painting romantic, "holy" pictures of our lives through pictures and words on our blogs in attempts to "bless and inspire", cleaning house so to speak? Is that really where the most blessing and inspiration happens? Or do most of our readers walk away from our blogs feeling less than us and defeated. In our own insecurity, do we only ever put our best foot forward? Or maybe we keep it shallow because we are afraid our deep ponderings might bring judgment? These are all hard questions friends, and I'm still pondering them. What I do know is that I am most drawn to blogs where people aren't afraid to be humble, to share their REAL and current struggles, even when they haven't reached the hindsight place where they can see the big lesson. I'm less drawn to blogs that make me feel like a schmuck because the person always appears to have it all together and always has the perfect, "holy" words to say. As a writer, I know I've fallen into this trap too, so I'm preachin to the choir girls;). It's tempting to write a good "story", to paint yourself and your life in the best light possible, but is that the greatest gift I can give those reading my blog? I really don't think so. Certainly, God gives me inspiring lessons to share, but honey, sometimes I'm wallowing in the muck and I have to ask myself why I'm not as quick to jump on my blog and share about it. Don't get me wrong, we all need to have healthy boundaries here. There are certain issues that have no place on our blogs because they could defame others, or perhaps they just need to stay private because that's best for one reason or another, but I would venture to guess that most of the time, we need to get some of that muck up here to be the greatest blessing to our readers and to get the accountability and encouragement that is such a great blessing to us. We need to allow God to display His power in our weakness, to use even our struggles with sin for His glory as He draws readers in who can relate and then brings us all to a better place as we link arms in the journey and beg Him for healing, redemption, and wisdom. In Beth Moore's book, "So Long Insecurity, You've Been a Bad Friend to Us", she talks about how that person who seems to have it together the most is often the one with the greatest insecurities. When she tries to prove to others her "goodness", she's really trying to convince herself. But it's GOD who's great friends, not us. And His greatness is more evident when it's clear that anything good in our lives is from and because of Him, not from our own merit. Girls, I'm asking you AND me to step out of our comfort zones and get a little more real. God wants to use us in each others lives in mighty ways, this blogging platform is such a powerful tool and a gift that we've been given. How are we using this gift friends? To puff ourselves up or to display God's power and perfection in our weakness and imperfection?
2 Corinthians 12:9- "But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me."
Romans 3:22-24- "This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus."
Proverbs 11:2- "When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom."
So I guess it's time for some muck to come up. Let's pray about the struggles God may be prompting us to share and trust Him enough to share them. Let's give each other the gift of our own humility and watch God's power be made perfect!