Monday, November 3, 2014

To Know and Be Known

Social media has completely altered the way we communicate with others. There are things I love about Facebook and the other sites I utilize, and things I find completely annoying.  I think it is reasonable to say that the popularity of social media is largely driven by the innate human desire to know and be known.

I have been accused on occasion of posting self-absorbed updates.  Ouch. Perhaps I have posted too many pictures of the bridge, the beach, or my family, and spoken too honestly about the struggles I have endured, but honestly I don't know how else to write about the things that truly matter in life except to share how they matter to me, even if they are trivial or personal in nature.

Even in the mundane things of life I believe God teaches us lessons or reveals himself in ways that are meant to be shared with others--folks like us, who need encouragement to press on in their journey to know God and be known by him.  Yet, how can we share those lessons if we aren't willing to talk about how we learned them experientially?  That alone requires a certain amount of transparency and vulnerability.  Although I undoubtedly have crossed the line on occasion by telling more than perhaps I should, I never cease to be amazed by how God can take something I am hesitant to share, which could impugn my character, and actually encourage someone who shares a similar struggle. 

Don't judge me.  I have learned the hard way not to write about other people, at least no longer in any specific way.  On occasion God will use a particular relationship to teach me a greater reliance on him, how to press into him when I am hurting, or what it means to love and be loved in the power of the Spirit and with the grace of God.  If the lesson is profound and I feel so led, I write about it in hopes that someone else can benefit from what he is teaching me.

If you are among those I have offended, bored to tears, or simply annoyed, I am sorry.  Please know that my intention was never to draw attention to you or to myself, but to point others to the One who is all about relationship, restoration, and redemption.

Lest I share too much and be judged as one who is self-absorbed, know that there is only One I love with all my heart, and it isn't me.  It is Jesus, who lives in me.  If you truly know me, you know that I love him passionately because he saw the wretch I was...and some days am...and loved me anyway, enough to lay down his life to redeem me from my sins.  How will others know the One who is strong in me if I am unwilling to show how weak I truly am?  I am not perfect and my message will be offensive to some, but at the end of the day it won't be the "some" I live to please.  It will be the One who lives in me.

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