“God is not a belief to which you give your assent. God becomes a reality whom you know intimately, meet everyday, one whose strength becomes your strength, whose love, your love. Live this life of the presence of God long enough and when someone asks you, “Do you believe there is a God?” you may find yourself answering, “No, I do not believe there is a God. I know there is a God.”~Ernest Boyer, Jr.

And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart with all your soul and with all your might.~Deuteronomy 6:5

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Less of me, more of You

When I first started this little blog it was a means of sharing my life and the life of my family with those I love. As time went on it became a source of pride and frustration for me, taking any joy I had once found in it. What happened?

I lost my vision of sharing our life and my thoughts with the ones I love, I became more concerned with hits, comments and how my blog compared to others. I became conscious of the fact that I am not a great or even good writer. My blog became about me in the prideful sense, I wanted recognition, I wanted to be something more.

I took a long break and refocused my life on what really counts to me, I have begun to view life and all I do through the lens of eternity. When it's all said and done will it matter how many hits I got? I regained my focus and the vision is now clear. I want to encourage and uplift with this blog, not for my sense of pride but for God's glory. I no longer care about hits or comments but my prayer is someone will read this little blog and their relationship with God will be strengthened and their heart will be encouraged.

I found this over at A Holy Experience (a favorite blog of mine):

A Bloggers Prayer

I am no longer my own blogger, but Thine, O Lord.

Refine me with each post how You will, rank me how You will.
Put me to service, or put me to suffering.
Let me post for Thee or be put aside for Thee,
Lifted high, only for Thee, or brought low, all for Thee.
Do with me and each post whatever you will, because You alone know best.

Let me not strive but submit Let me not compete but care
Let me not desire hits but holiness
Let me be a follower, instead of seeking followers.

Let my blog be full of Thee, and let it be empty of me.
Let me crave all things of Thee, let me care nothing of this world.
Let my words be worthy of the greatest of audiences: You.
And You are enough.

May I write not for subscribers… but only for Thy smile.
May my daily affirmation be in the surety of my atonement,
not the size of my audience.
May my identity be in the innumerable graces of Christ,
never, God forbid, the numbers of my comments.
May the only words that matter in my life not be the ones I write on a screen ---
but the ones I live with my skin.

I freely and heartily yield every sentence, every title, every post, every comment… or no comments… all to Thine pleasure and perfect will.

My only fame is that I bear Your name
My only glory is the gift of Your Grace
My only readership, Your eyes that seek to and fro to find a heart hard after You.
Make this so, oh Lord…

Yahweh, You alone are my God, not Google
Jesus, You alone are my Savior, not site meters
And Holy Spirit, You alone are my Comforter, not comments

So be it, today, yesterday, and every post to come.

This is my prayer I have made on earth and over this keyboard… let it be ratified in heaven.

Weather therefore you eat or drink or whatsoever you do, do all to the glory of God
I Corinthians 10:31

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