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Confessions of an Average Blogger

I have a love-hate relationship with blogging.  Right now, I hate it. Lately, I don’t want to read blogs or write them.  In a word, blogging has been a chore.  The whole process makes me frustrated.  Maybe it’s “writer’s block.”  Maybe it’s the winter blues.  Maybe it’s something else.  I don’t know.

Whatever the case, I feel like in the “theo blogosphere” there’s always pressure to write something insightful, challenging, and inspirational weekly, or even daily.  Like I have to stay on par with the other Christian blogs.  It’s the 21st century Christian way of keeping up with the Joneses.  I get sucked into it.  People comment on the blog.  My stats are up.  I get linked on other sites.  I’m on the “Top 100” blogs list for the day.  My head gets a little puffed up and it’s hard to keep it up long enough to write a short post.

I don’t want to be like that.  And I’m sorry when I am.  I want to write because I love it, because it refreshes me, and because it’s a blessing from God.  I write much more in journals, notebooks, and in the corners of my mind that only God will see than what goes on this blog.  Those don’t have big stats or comments from readers.  They aren’t visible or accessible to anyone.  It’s just raw, honest, straightforward words.

I want this place to be like that too.

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Hitting the Hay with Humility

Here are two thoughts from C.J. Mahaney on how to cultivate humility as you end your day:

  • Avoid cosmic plagiarism. “Let not a single day end without the specific and intentional ‘transfer’ of all glory, for all grace to God alone!  That is the humble way to end each and every day.”
  • Accept the gift of sleep.  “Each night, as I confront the need again for sleep, I’m reminded that I’m a dependent creature.  I am not self-sufficient.  I am not the Creator.  There is only One who ‘will neither slumber nor sleep’ (Ps. 121:4), and I am not that One.”
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Cultivating Humility in the Morning

In C.J. Mahaney’s book Humility: True Greatness, he outlines some ways he has learned to cultivate humility during his morning devotions.

  • Acknowledge your need for God.  “I’ve learned to make statements to God about my dependence upon God, and in this way I’m humbling myself before God.”
  • Express gratitude toward God.  “If I’m ungrateful, I’m arrogant.  And if I’m arrogant, I need to remember that God doesn’t sympathize with me in that arrogance; He is opposed to the proud.”
  • Practice the spiritual disciplines. “I’ve learned that regardless of how I feel when I’m finished reading my Bible in the morning, I can know that I’ve made the statement, ‘I need You, I’m dependent upon You.'”
  • Seize your commute.  “If you used that [25-minute commute] time to listen to an audio recording of Scripture, you’d get through the entire Bible in only three months!”
  • Cast your cares upon him. “Where there’s worry, where there’s anxiousness, pride is at the root of it.  When I am experiencing anxiety, the root issue is that I’m trying to be self-sufficient.  I’m acting independent of God.”

Tomorrow, I’ll post on C.J.’s advice on how to cultivate humility at the end of the day.

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The Real Reason We Want to Kill Pride

C.J. Mahaney on why the Christian should kill his pride:

So many human ventures, so many grand designs of mankind, have been undermined because humility was lacking on the part of those involved…our motivation for rooting out pride must go beyond a knowledge of its pitfalls and perils.  Our pursuit should be driven by the amazing promise that humility holds out to us: God gives grace to the humble!
– Humility: True Greatness
(p. 24)

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Responding to a Fool

During an interaction online today, someone told me, “I’m really not interested in you responding to me.  I most likely won’t read it, so go ahead and save your time.”  In this case, there is really only one way I can respond:

Do not reprove a scoffer, or he will hate you; reprove a wise man, and he will love you (Proverbs 9:8).

If you are the scoffer: Repent.  Be humble.  Be wise.  Don’t be puffed-up and foolish.  And if you are on the receiving end of such folly: Be discerning, knowing that reproof and correction will not always be helpful and sometimes, will even be counterproductive (see also Matt 7:6).

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