Picking up the gauntlet

So my wife threw down the gauntlet in her blog this week. She says that she is going to pass me in  hits. Well, I guess that means I have to pick it up. I’m not a daily blogger so much…mainly because of time. I guess I’ll have to be more regular now since my wife and I are in a race.

Her blog has been amazing, though. She has picked up links all over the world! Her blog was most recently translated into Spanish!  Kim has even had athiests from the other side of the world linking to her stuff. This is cool because they are not negative about what she writes. They like it! Kim shares practical stuff, real stuff, genuine stuff about parenting, family, and about her walk with the Lord. And I think God is using her gentle, straightforward spirit to impact people.

On many blogs I read, from fellow Believers and even leaders come across as so…shall we say, arrogant.  I think one of the dangers of blogging is that people share stuff they would never say in front of someone…or maybe they would and that’s the problem.  Ephesians 4:29 says, “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” We might could also say, don’t let any unwholesome words come off your keyboard.

I’m not saying that we don’t speak the Truth in love. That we don’t stand up for what’s right, confidently and strongly. No doubt, we should do that! However, we are still as followers of Christ supposed to be set apart from the world, are we not? Real, and relevant does not mean we blur the lines between God’s Word and a sinful world. Nor does it mean that we put on a hypocritical “mask” and pretend to be something we are not. Real and relevant means we are simply honest about who we are and our shortcomings while pointing to the fact that Christ is in the process of making us over…daily…again and again…without glorifying our sin.

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! (2 Corinthians 5:17)

What do people outside the church see when they look at us?  What do people inside the church see? What do people who are just starting to “check out” God see? I hope they will see someone who is honestly seeking Christ…who is in the process of being made over by Him.

That’s what my wife does with her blog. Shares real stuff, practical stuff and if necessary direct straightforward stuff from God’s word. No pretense, no fluff. So I guess I’ve got my work cut out for me! 🙂 You go baby! Keep doing what you do.  But I’ll never give up, never surrender! We’ll see who wins! By the way how long does this race last anyway? 🙂

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