“…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. That is why for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” — 2 Corinthians 12:9-10
It’s no secret I have been slacking on my blog.
I started out with great passion and ambition of encouraging girls in their walk with the Lord, and providing (hopefully) relatable advice from my previous experiences to bring application from His Word in their own lives. I felt like God had placed so many things on my heart to share, and that He would bring those who needed to read them most to my blog.
And He did when I was consistently blogging. I was seeing good fruit. I was hearing from readers (some I barely knew, others I had never met, some I had known for a while), and I was so encouraged that God was using my writing for His glory. And of course, I had so much fun not just with the teaching side, but the sharing side as well. I loved being able to share what I learned in everyday life with others in hopes of helping someone too.
But then “weird” things I wasn’t totally prepared for in life started happening. I wasn’t sure how best to handle the situations that arose, and instead of using them as teaching tools, I let them discourage me almost completely from writing. I let myself think that no one wanted to hear what I had to say. And that I just didn’t know enough to say anything at all.
And that’s when I realized that I was letting Satan’s lies get in the way of letting those life situations glorify God. I was allowing him to fuel my insecurities and shatter my confidence.
“Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.” — 1 Peter 4:12-13
So these “weird” things that were happening weren’t really that weird at all — at least not for a Christian. I should’ve expected them. After all, as a follower of Christ we’re all going to suffer the same kinds of things He suffered while He was here: betrayal, disappointment, unwarranted conflict, persecution, life transition, and more.
Now I am finally coming back around to sharing again — sharing what God’s teaching me, and what I’m learning as each day passes.
With the reality of our culture embracing, validating, and supporting blatant and unrepentant sins now more than ever, I realize I have to blog. I have a platform and I know God wants me to continue to use it — to speak His Truth in the relatable way He has allowed me to experience and understand it.
With that, I encourage those of you who believe in Jesus Christ as your Savior and hold the Bible as true, timeless and inerrant, not to be passive or silent about your faith for fear that you might make enemies. Speak the truth in love, and don’t let the haters keep you quiet!
1 John 3:13 says, “Do not be surprised, my brothers, if the world hates you.” And in John 15:18, Jesus reminds us, “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.”
Don’t let the fear of people’s ridicule and criticism keep you from the very purpose of what God has made you for — to represent and glorify Him. He chose us! So let’s make each day count (Ephesians 5:15-16)!