This would be the final article and publish for some time.
Moreover a three-month moratorium final 12 months, I’ve written and posted articles frequently since earlier than Fb; over ten years in the past. Practically 7,000 articles later I’ve realized a lot. It has been a significant means how God has interacted with me – to the sum of 30-hours per week for these 10-plus years.
However this is not simply concerning the writing.
It is about one thing extra elementary. There are imbalances to right.
Like a lot of you I am imagining, my life’s revolved round utilizing social media, and it is not simply the posting of articles; it is the next of a plethora of different stuff – stuff fairly frankly that takes me away from God. There are one million and extra distractions from God, so it isn’t simply social media, however social media has change into all-consuming, because the concern of lacking out (FOMO, look it up) rides roughshod on the heels of my hurried fashionable life.
However there’s extra to it nonetheless. The carnal considerations of consumption have overcome me an excessive amount of over the previous 5 or extra years. I used to have a excessive diploma of self-control relating to my weight loss plan. It has been some time since I have been in that place, and given I am deep into the ‘harmful decade’, that’s ages 44-54, I critically need to create the adjustments essential to beat back coronary heart illness and Diabetes Sort II, and many others. If even 10 p.c of my writing time went into train I might do the train required to get and maintain match.
And nonetheless there’s extra to it. Meals and writing and social media have change into comforts; and to a point, idols. The common individual might not assume that, however I believe that is what God thinks, after they’ve change into comforts I’ve routinely gone to. I have to as soon as once more be weaned from these comforts. It is all a bit too handy, and an irony, that I can write issues to bless others when the very technique of doing it could actually at occasions undermine my very own stroll with God.
What if God desires extra from me? He actually does! To hunt Him extra. To be match and keep alive so long as doable for my household and so I can serve Him in addition to doable. To get ready for what’s coming. To be a greater husband and father. To be extra centered. God actually wishes a revolution in me. I solely have the one life. As soon as I am gone, I am gone. For my God, for my spouse, for my kids, and for these individuals God wills for me to serve. I have to seize the day.
Writing is actually a technique God can and does use me, however it’s not the one means. Moreover, Jesus is not the form of King who will graciously enable me to place the cart earlier than the horse like I’ve. Writing cannot be allowed to be an idol. Jesus wishes true allegiance. So, I am placing it down for a time. And it will not be the final time this downside will come up.
It is doable that this little piece could be refined over the following short while as I endeavour it to be a truthful document of the place issues are at.
Writing can solely occur if it brings glory to God, and it could actually solely resume as soon as different elements of steadiness have been restored.
The social media should go, at the very least for a time. If it could actually’t be solely a software for God (so far as I am involved) then I’ve no use for it. Social media is a counterfeit for true connection, but it does join us and many people would by no means know one another with out it. This isn’t about criticising a platform that has been a form of dwelling for twenty-percent of my fifty-year-old life.
This results in the intent of writing this type of factor. It is solely truthful that I let individuals know what I am doing in case individuals surprise ‘what’s occurred to that man who posted day by day and now now not does?’ Additionally, in hammering a stake into the bottom, this type of article helps me maintain myself to account. God must make it clear below what parameters a resumption is to happen.
To the one that has taken the time to learn this, thanks. I am grateful that you’ve got waded into this with me. I am grateful on your prayers, as a lot of you might be in mine.