Saturday, July 14, 2018

Why We Write

“I have not studied in this that you read to show my skill, but to declare the truth, not to set forth myself, but the Glory of God”.  Anne Bradstreet

It has been my joy and privilege for nearly a decade to get to know personally a number of reformed women bloggers.   Some have quit blogging, others are still at it.    We have communicated by email, instant messaging, texts, phone calls, Skype, Facetime, hand written letters, and in a few blessed instances, in person.    We come from several countries, have diverse backgrounds, and each of us has our own writing style and areas of interest we enjoy writing about.   
The common bond in this uncommon community is our mutual love for Jesus Christ and a desire to encourage women to deeply consider the “prophetic word made more sure”.   We share a special unity with one another because we are all part of God’s family.    
What an incredible opportunity God has given us that we should live in a time and place where we can speak and write so freely of Christ and His Word.   It is not  this way in other parts of  the world.  Despite social media’s dark side, we are truly blessed to have this medium but there may come a day when this won't be possible.  I loved this recent tweet: 
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As for the writing part,  I have always experienced a good deal of angst over it.  On the one hand, I honestly want to please the Lord but I find it quite intimidating to put myself out there for anyone to read what I have to say.   Not everyone will be as forgiving as the friends within my blogging community.   I’ve encountered open hostility by bloggers who don’t share my views and have twisted my words to say things I did not intend.   I suppose that is to be expected when one expresses their beliefs publicly.  At least it helps to keep me humble.   
And speaking of humility, I have to be perfectly honest and say that my insecurity, which is just of cover for my pride,  is constantly getting in the way.   I’ve discussed this paradox with my husband who has years of preaching and teaching experience.   He put it succintly,  “If pastors were to stop preaching because their egos got in the way, no one would ever preach”.    
It’s true because our hearts and motives are so completely tainted by indwelling sin.   But we can ask the Lord to forgive us and override our self-serving tendencies so that we can get on with serving Christ by whatever means He has given us. 
The Puritan William Beveridge said it so well,
 “I cannot pray but I sin; nay, I cannot hear, or preach, or preach a sermon, but I sin; I cannot give an alms, or receive the sacrament, but I sin; I cannot confess my sins, but my confessions are still aggravations of them; my repentance needs to be repented of, my tears want washing, and the very washing of my tears needs still be washed over with the blood of my Redeemer”1
And so as God allows,  we will continue to write to the glory of God and for the good of others.


1 Private thoughts on religion : and A Christian life, in two parts by William Beveridge;  Glasgow, W. Collins; 1836; pg 90

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