I can see why many people blog. What a gift, to share with others their talents and unique experiences! But I, on the other hand, have always been a bit hesitant to share much about myself. Example: in college, I sat in front of a girl for an entire semester, and gradually, as everyone in the class got to know each other, this girl and I began to chat a bit. One morning near the end of the semester, she tapped me on the shoulder and said, “Hey, when we were first in this class, I thought you were such a snob. But you’re actually really nice.” I think I responded with a brilliant, “Uh, thanks.”
I’m just a classic introvert. Maybe being quiet comes across as being snobby. But hey, we introverts just prefer to keep our thoughts and opinions to ourselves until we feel comfortable in a situation.
Hence the question, why blog? For me personally, blogging seemed at first a bit narcissistic, all that outpouring of self for the world to read. Still makes me cringe a bit. But then, I began to consider people from history and from my own life that I respect, and what their thoughts might be on blogging. And THEN, I thought about the Bible.
Yes, the Bible. The Scriptures contain some pretty gritty biographies. Think of Saul, who became the Apostle Paul. Throughout Acts and the epistles, Paul reveals the hard truths of his before-and-after conversion experience and his rise to ultimate missionary status. In the Old Testament, King David’s and his family’s darkest acts are laid bare—adultery, murder, incest, rape—along with David’s passion for God. Perhaps it is because David sank so low that he was able to appreciate the depths of God’s forgiveness (Psalm 51:1-12). His experiences solidified his faith. The prophet Samuel even called him “a man after God’s own heart” (I Samuel 13:13-14). Who’d have thought it? But what an encouragement for the rest of us mere mortals, that no matter our sin, we can seek that same status.
There are so many more examples: Joseph, Esther, Peter, John…their thoughts and deeds fill the pages of Scripture. And why? God wanted us to learn from them, to benefit from their failures and successes, to give us hope and encouragement.
So, I think I can say that God was, after a fashion, the original blogger, as He inspired many writers of Scripture to turn themselves inside out for the benefit of believers yet to come.
Okay, then. Blogging, here I come.
“And let us consider one another, to provoke until love and good works.”
Are you a hesitant blogger, perhaps a classic introvert? I’d love to hear from you.