The other day I received an extremely sweet email from a lovely lady who reads this lil ol’ blog of mine… it was very surprising and genuinely made my day!
But among the incredibly sweet things that were written, she wrote something that really resonated with me… she said:
“I want to blog about faith too
but I don't have the courage to do that.”
I think it really resonated with me because I get that.
I didn’t grow up going to church much, and only was baptized about 4 years ago… To this day I still don’t know a lot factually about the Bible and the history of things, and the thought of praying out loud in front of people instantly makes me sweaty.
I don’t feel like I’m qualified to blog about Jesus… Talking and writing about my faith doesn’t come naturally to me—it’s something that gives me a lot of anxiety in the days leading up to it. So then why do I do it?
Ultimately what it comes down to is this…
I blog about what's on my heart and not sharing my faith would not reflect who I am as a person.
It's very intimidating to let that part of my heart be seen publicly, but it's something I have felt led to do. It is extremely difficult to blog about my faith, especially when I know there could be friends and family members reading that may disagree… But I try and reflect on encouraging verses like Matthew 5:16 which says:
"In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven."
It’s not about me.
Elisa Morgan wrote something in her book “The Beauty of Broken” that I feel is extremely fitting:
“Every time we tell our story, we are giving away a little piece of ourselves. But that becomes a sacred offering. When we believe that God inhabits our lives in order to write us an illustration of his love to us, then the telling of our story…will give a little piece of him away as well.” (page 38)
I have been reading blogs a long time and I know certain entries on other blogs about faith have really encouraged me personally. I pray that through each entry I can hopefully encourage someone on their own journey, or at least make them smile. :)
Blogging about Jesus is hard for me. I’m not going to sit here and pretend that it’s not. But even though it’s difficult, when I do follow my heart and express my thoughts on these things… it has been so rewarding! I believe that through the telling of the stories on my heart, I can hopefully give others small glimpses of who Jesus is, and what he is doing through me.
And this email is just one example of that.
Thanks again, girl!