This would be the final article and put up for some time.
Moreover a three-month moratorium final yr, I’ve written and posted articles frequently since earlier than Fb; over ten years in the past. Almost 7,000 articles later I’ve realized a lot. It has been a serious method 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 basic. There are imbalances to appropriate.
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 is not simply social media, however social media has turn 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 issues 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 concerning my food regimen. 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 modifications essential to push back coronary heart illness and Diabetes Sort II, and so on. If even 10 % of my writing time went into train I might do the train required to get and preserve match.
And nonetheless there’s extra to it. Meals and writing and social media have turn into comforts; and to a point, idols. The common individual could not suppose that, however I believe that is what God thinks, once they’ve turn 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 means of doing it could actually at occasions undermine my very own stroll with God.
What if God desires extra from me? He definitely does! To hunt Him extra. To be match and keep alive so long as attainable for my household and so I can serve Him in addition to attainable. To get ready for what’s coming. To be a greater husband and father. To be extra targeted. God definitely needs 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 folks God wills for me to serve. I need to seize the day.
Writing is definitely a method God can and does use me, nevertheless it’s not the one method. Moreover, Jesus is not the sort 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 needs 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 attainable that this little piece is perhaps refined over the following short while as I endeavour it to be a truthful report 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 stability have been restored.
The social media should go, no less than for a time. If it could actually’t be solely a instrument 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 sort of residence for twenty-percent of my fifty-year-old life.
This results in the intent of writing this sort of factor. It is solely honest that I let folks know what I am doing in case folks marvel ‘what’s occurred to that man who posted day by day and now not does?’ Additionally, in hammering a stake into the bottom, this sort of article helps me preserve myself to account. God must make it clear beneath what parameters a resumption is to happen.
To the one that has taken the time to learn this, thanks. I am grateful that you have waded into this with me. I am grateful in your prayers, as a lot of you might be in mine.