In a former post I wrote that it doesn’t take long to realize that blogging brings real temptations. If you don’t watch out blogging hazards can entrap you. If you are like me, in spite your best efforts a blog has a way of taking over. You realize you have become addicted. You’re left wondering, what do I do now?
The answer to this dilemma is threefold: learning the truth, believing the truth, and doing the truth.
Learning the Truth
I have an addictive personality. Sometimes I am successful at controlling myself and sometimes I am not. When I am unsuccessful, things such as a blog controls me, instead of me controlling it.
What is there about blogging that snags me and gets me hooked? Perfectionism and the fear of rejection. What about you? What is there about blogging that pulls you in? It is important to do some soul searching, to understand what drives you.
Believing the Truth
This past week I was at a Ragtime Festival. The performing musicians love what they are doing. They practice untold hours to refine their skill and it shows. They are incredibly talented people. At one point, one of the musicians said, “We are passionate about what we are doing”.
The word passionate resonated with me. As a writer, I love what I am doing. I spend untold hours refining my writing and technical skills. I am not anywhere near as talented as these musicians. I am a hacker. They are accomplished musicians. All the same, I understand the passion one can have for their work.
This is where the rub comes in. I am also a Christian. As a Christian there is room for only one passion/love in my life. My true love is for Jesus Christ and His Kingdom. Therefore I have a problem. What do I do about this “strong and barely controllable emotion” that accompanies writing?
Doing the Truth
As one of God’s children, I can ask God for help. But I must ask. Not just give mental accent to it. Not just think about it. Not just wish for it. If you too, are being troubled by a blog controlling you, stop and pray about it. Take some time to thoroughly pray to God your Savior. His ear is always listening for the sound of His beloved one.
In the Bible, the word passion has one association. It is connected with sin. That being the case, when talking to God, my prayer is one of confession. I have left my first love. I have been tempted by a counterfeit and given in.
It is normal at this point to try and fix it ourselves. We make resolutions, promises, and plans to accomplish this. We will ourselves to change and to turn from the sin which has entangled us. I can only speak for myself but any attempt at righteous living, that has its origin in me, only lasts so long before I’m right back where I started.
What do I do about this? I don’t go it alone. God aids me through His Holy Spirit. “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and SELF-CONTROL.” In essence, God gives the power to be self-controlled, to resist the temptations, and to not fall into the old traps and snares.
Will I ever fall again? Definitely. I will take two steps forward, one back for awhile. Eventually, victory will come and I will be free to follow my first and only True Love.
I was too ambitious in my deed,
And thought to distance all men in success,
Till God came on me, marked the place, and said,
“Ill-doer, henceforth keep within this line,
Attempting less than others” – and I stand
And work among Christ’s little ones, content.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
© 2019 Lena Rae
Adam Swanson, musician’s quote on passion
An online definition of “passion.”
Galatians 5:20-21 NIV, 1973