So before I started writing just now, I paused to focus on God. Here’s what I discovered in that first second of focusing:
I can’t write for God and others at the same time.
This is a revelation. It seems crazy. After all, isn’t a blog kind of like a letter? And don’t we usually think of the ones we’re writing to when we write letters?
The obvious answer is yes. There’s just one problem. When we blog, we’re not writing a letter to just one person. We’re putting it out there for the whole world to see.
Anyone can read it. Even the people who know us and tend to be critical of us. Even the people who know us and think we’re a little crazy for writing what we write.
Those are the people I think of when I get in front of the computer to write. And that’s why I get insecure – because I love those people, and I don’t want them to condemn me.
So – until I get to the point of not letting that bother me – and maybe even afterwards, I think I’ll try writing my posts for God.
Because when I write for Him, I see eyes filled with love, eyes filled with understanding, and eyes filled with acceptance.
Which is really nice on the days I’m afraid everyone else’s eyes are filled with condemnation.
Question for bloggers: Do you ever worry about what people think when you post your blog? If so, how does that affects your blogging? How do you get over it? Do you have any tips on how to write in fellowship with God?
Question for ministry leaders: Are you ever tempted to water down your subject because you know someone in your group will criticize what you have to say? How does the fear of criticism affect your ministry?
P.S. It just occurred to me that I could write for God and others at the same time as long as I was willing to be condemned – and that if I want to love well, I need to be willing to be condemned.