Something I appreciate about the WordPress world is that its members present themselves as far less gilded and glossy than those who primarily use other social media platforms.
The bloggers I read (mostly Christians) tend to be refreshingly honest, while still being encouraging and hopeful.
Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do. – I Thessalonians 5:11
I strive to do the same, both in my blog posts and in reality; but I don’t always achieve that goal in my real, everyday life. Ironically, when I blog about a topic, I sometimes struggle in that area afterward.
If I create a post about nutrition or fitness, I might make less than the best food choices that day; or, if I write about the joys of intimacy with God, I may have a stressful, exhausting day and realize at the end of it that I skipped my devotions all together.
For the good that I would, I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do. – Romans 7:19
Coincidental? I don’t think so.
The enemy is skilled at using our weaknesses and failures against us, to fill us with doubt and shame. Our own thoughts tell us that we have failed and that we are hypocrites.
Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices. – 2 Corinthians 2:11
But notice, those emotions and thoughts are certainly not of God.
Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before….Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you.– Philippians 3:13, 15
What lifts me back to my feet and keeps me pressing on is God’s offer of forgiveness, his promise to help, and his never-wavering love.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. – I John 1:9
For the Lord God will help me; therefore shall I not be confounded: therefore have I set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be ashamed. – Isaiah 50:7
Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. – Romans 8:39
When I fail to live up to what I blog about, it doesn’t mean that I should give up, or stop blogging. If I did that, the person I once was, and Satan, would win!
Imagine if the Apostle Paul had given up on his missionary journeys and on writing the epistles. Despite referring to himself as the chief of sinners (1 Timothy 1:15), he never gave up – and neither should we.
I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: – 2 Timothy 4:7
No, our goal must be to keep on keeping on. We must stay close to the Lord and celebrate our days of victory. We must look at how far we have come throughout the years, rather than the times we took a few steps backward.
For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. – 1 John 5:4
Do you sometimes struggle to live up to what you blog about? Your comments would be encouraging!