|The fungus is among us...my backyard|
Then journals and blogs exploded into Cyberspace, and the rest is history still being written, often anonymously.
Over the years, under the guise of being anonymous, I have formed two blogs that I, as a Christian, had no business even considering. One blog in particular, was a parody of some real-life local bloggers who were blogging in revenge against another local blogger. While mine was funny (to me, anyway) it still did make fun of some very real circumstances and real people. Thankfully, God dealt with me, and it wasn’t long before I deleted the blog.
Then there are comments…what we say in comments might be the truth…in our own opinions based on the facts that we know and see…but is it necessary that we say everything we think? For years, I have used a variation of my name to post comments, very direct, blunt, and sometimes unnecessary comments. Why? Well, because sometimes I have an urge to use snarcasm (snarky sarcasm) or to chastise someone I feel has wronged another. I was in the wrong to do it…and I won’t do it anymore.
Years ago, God had already dealt with me on making comments that, while were not (always) sinful in nature, my attitude was. There were forums that I liked to visit and discuss current events. If someone was just ridiculously off base and obnoxious, I had no compunction in handing out remarks made to cut them down to size. During the midst of my commenting heyday, I had a dream that I was batting nasty words back and forth with an unknown man, and I had made him really mad. He was so frustrated and he kept trying to hit me. But no matter how hard he tried, he couldn’t manage to connect. I knew (in my dream) that the man already had lots of problems. When I woke up, I knew in my heart that God was telling me that my words were hurtful to others who often already had issues. So I quit making them. For a while.
|Cades Cove, Great Smoky Mountains|
It doesn’t matter if someone else isn’t behaving as I think they should, it’s not my job make them see things my way. My job is to live my life as I know God wants me to live it. Matthew 12 tells us that we will have to give an answer for the words that we speak, and I will have enough to answer for without adding to it with words I didn’t have to say or type.