Climbing Out of the Mud

“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”

Philippians 4:8

I explained in an earlier post that I closed down my Facebook account a year or so ago, and with it my online journals, of which I had several. One in particular was called The Trash Can. It became a repository of my commentary on contemporary culture with its insanity and hypocrisy. Unfortunately, it was written in my best sarcastic voice and snarky tone. It was increasingly a vanity project for my worst impulses, and when the realization of what it had become sank in, I was ashamed. The effort I put into my other blogs to make them something positive and encouraging seemed a bit hypocritical in comparison. It was at that point I knew I needed to step back and take a break.

After a period of time, I felt prompted to begin writing once again. In order to make my posts available to those I hoped to reach, I knew I would have to go back to Facebook. In opening a new account, I intended it to be an access point for my blog posts and nothing more. But the prompting that caused me to start writing again wasn’t going to let me stop there. To do so would have wasted the potential of what could be done with my newsfeed.

I want my newsfeed to do the same thing I try to accomplish with my blog. I want it to be a positive place, something that encourages others, that makes them think and decide there is a better way to live and be than the world vainly chooses to pursue. I want to help them see they don’t have to settle for the fear, hate, dysfunctional relationships and brokenness the world tells us is “normal”. There’s enough mud being slung out there; I’d rather share clean water and sunshine.

That’s the message I try to put in everything I write. I’ve been a Christian for many years, but there were periods of time when it would have been hard to tell. It took a long time to start being what God meant for me to be. I’m not there yet but I’m closer than I was, and I want to encourage fellow believers as they grow and mature. I also want to help others come out of the darkness into the Light. If I fail to share the wisdom God has given me then it’s wasted wisdom. Each of us in Christ have an opportunity and a responsibility to encourage each other, to bear each other’s burdens, and to build each other up.

The world will do its best to distract us, not only with fear and worry, but by bombarding us with worthless “junk food” information and entertainment. We will become what occupies our thoughts. If we’re consumed with the trivial, the foolish, the perverse, and the evil, that’s what we become. If we follow Paul’s advice in Philippians, we will be people that are true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, commendable-in a word, excellent. “For as he thinks within himself, so is he” (Proverbs 23:7). Remember: white wolf, black wolf. The one we feed grows stronger.


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