There is a danger in blogging. It is is possible to forget that online personalities are never a full disclosure—that a few comments and a Gravatar are not sufficient for knowing a person’s heart and character. There is potential to substitute a virtual community for the real thing—giving the blog project precedence over the tangible needs and relationships around me.
However…sometimes really cool connections happen through blogging!
I recently started having a Skype video bible study with a young woman in another state whom I connected with through—you guessed it—blogging! We’ve never met in person, but we have weekly “face to face” conversations about the most significant thing in both of our lives—our relationship with God. We challenge, encourage, and build each other up in the faith—and just generally get to know and appreciate one another.
It is frustrating to know that we won’t be able to go out for coffee and a chat on a Saturday, or hang out together at church events, or get our kids together for afternoon play-dates. But I do get to be in her home for an hour or so each week. Of course, my view depends entirely on what’s directly behind her head wherever she’s sitting with the laptop. Still, I figure if she sits in a different spot each week, and we keep this up for a couple of years, I will eventually get a tour of the whole house!
Joking aside, it’s been really fun—and though it’s just in the beginning stages now, I anticipate good fruit coming out of this for both of us.
John 14:21 was in our reading this week, and I found it to be both a sobering challenge and a wildly encouraging promise.
John 14:21 (NASB)
21 “He who has My commandments and keeps them is the one who loves Me; and he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and will disclose Myself to him.”
Here’s how I understand this…
If we love Jesus, we’ll obey him and live for the things that are important to him. When we do that, it blesses and pleases the Father. And Jesus, seeing our love and faithfulness, will be inclined to share his heart and perspective with us in increasing measure. (Conversely, I suppose, Jesus has no reason to show us more of his heart when we do little or nothing to indicate that we are much interested in it in the first place.)
Do you think that’s a fair summation?