This article describes 5 things you may learn about your spiritual life as you learn to blog as a Christian.
For people like me who are not naturally technological, the whole experience of learning to blog on WordPress.org is taxing. Whenever you feel stressed or under pressure, things are going to come to the surface about your Christian character that will shock you. I thought I was a pretty spiritually mature person before I started learning to blog two months ago. Not so, I learned I have a lot of areas I need to grow in! Very humbling.
So, if you are on this learning-to-blog journey too, the following are some questions that may surface for you about your spiritual life as a Christian blogger.
1. Do You Really Trust God?
When you do something wrong in coding and your webpage reveals the dreaded “white screen of death”, what do you do?
I am sad to say, my first instinct when this happened was not to pray nor to remind myself God is with me and He is helping me. I felt all those uncomfortable panic feelings and then desperately tried to fix it myself. When I could not fix it, I got all worked up and started to sob out of frustration.
I am learning slowly when stuff like that happens to step away from the computer, pray, repeat some encouraging scriptures about God’s love and help for me, and then come back in faith. I have a note on my computer now quoting Psalm 37:5 “Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust Him, and He will help you”. I put another sticky on my computer that says “Problem? Step away and pray!”.
Blogging showed me my trust and dependence on God was not as strong as I once believed and has prompted me to put reminders right on the computer to deal with this.
2. How Easy is it for You to Pull Yourself Out of Discouragement?
I desperately hate the feeling of failure. When things took longer than I expected or did not go the way I had planned, those feelings of failure hit me hard.
However, to learn new things, most human beings will need to make a few mistakes learning those new skills. I had to learn to be merciful to myself. It helped to be part of a group of people doing a blogging course with me. Many in the group shared similar experiences and it comforted me to know I was not alone.
The way I am dealing with bouts of discouragement is to remember that God loves me and He never forsakes me. Even if learning new things is hard, I take heart that He will help me. I also gratefully receive encouragement and support from other bloggers in the same boat as me.
There is a related post here on staying in a positive mindset if you would like to read more on this topic.
3. Are You Grateful for What God Has Given You?
So, in two months, God allowed me to learn enough to go from no knowledge of WordPress.org, to having two websites up that worked well. I put about 16 hours into each. Then, I did a “soft launch” in May to be able to see what the reactions were on the sites to improve them both before an official launch. I had a really amazing amount of very helpful feedback.
You would think I would have been grateful to God. No, after a few weeks of getting back to writing and improving the site for the official launch, I was not focused on all I had to be grateful for. This was a revealing spiritual lesson for me. How can I expect more from God when I am not grateful for the blessings He has generously given?
Now, before I sit down to work on this blog, I start by thanking God for everything I am grateful for on this journey.
4. What is Your Focus-Money or God?
So, I feel God gave me the desire to blog to help other Christian women. I specifically have a heart for women who come from difficult childhoods where they are limited in their mind from becoming everything God created them to be. This week, I had some confirmation I was on the right track as I have been approached by 3 people who all told me they find me an excellent coach and teacher.
However, I noticed the temptation to become increasingly focussed on the money making side of blogging. There is nothing wrong with making money, but God cares so much about our motives. I felt the subtle draw and pressure to start focussing more on the revenue from the blog than on the reason (and the people) God gave me for starting this endeavor. The more my motives strayed from my purest intentions the more of a burden blogging became. There was no grace on my blogging activities when my motives strayed to money.
I had to remind myself as a believer, my focus is NEVER to be on the money first. My focus is on God and the people I feel God has called me to help and/or serve through this blogging adventure. I believe He will bring the money if I am doing this in obedience to Him, guided by Him and truly “seeking first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness”.
5. Do You Compare Yourself to Others Often and Feel Overwhelmed by Inadequacy?
So, this one surprised me. This is a holdover from my medical school days. I have a competitive streak which medical school totally fostered.
When I saw some newbie bloggers like me power through and set up blogs that looked near perfect-in less than two weeks, I am ashamed to say I did not feel good about it. I felt inadequate.
However, I eventually repented of that and remembered every one of us is different with different giftings, and my gifts are just as good and useful for the people God made me to help. There is no need for comparison and I can celebrate the differences.
BONUS-Do You Manage Your Priorities Biblically?
So, based on my reading of the bible my priorities go like this: God (prayer/worship/time seeking Him); my hubby; self-care; family; friends; the people I serve through my calling; church; and my community.
How easily I let this new endeavor of blogging take centre place in my life revealed to me my priorities were out of whack. Many bloggers speak about not showering or sleeping for days in startup mode.
I think believers can do things differently if they put God first. He will supply what is needed to excel, without needing to let the priorities and people God gave you drop to the floor.
Every morning, I now remind myself of the most important things in life. I have my Life Purpose Statement (read more here ) up in my prayer room on a huge piece of Bristol board to cement the most important things in my mind every morning.
Life is a gift and we are not promised a tomorrow, so I don’t want to drop (even for one day) properly loving and serving the people God has placed in my life.
Question for You About Your Spiritual Life and Blogging:
What have you learned about yourself or your Christian spiritual life through blogging? Have you been surprised by anything in your spiritual life as you learned to blog as a Christian? Leave a comment below please and let me know.
This has been a pretty open discussion of how learning to blog has challenged me in my Christian spiritual life and how it may also challenge you. The wonderful thing about learning to blog is it will stretch you. Being stretched, you will uncover spiritual things about yourself you did not know. You will have the opportunity to grow and develop as a Christian as you learn. Just watch what surfaces for you about your Christian spiritual life and be ready to grow.
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