Then one day the Lord convicted me to blog with more authenticity and more transparency in order to experience greater transformational community, virtual or not. So I dug deeper, writing posts from the depth of my weathered soul. I wrote in the midst of my sin, without dressing it up or justifying it. I wrote from the reality of my hang-ups. I wrote from the brokenness of my heart. And while I still blog with occasional feedback from readers, I get to minister out of brokenness and an increased sense of freedom.
At one time, I found comfort in ministering from the safety of my computer. But I did not stay there. And now in my discomfort, I experience even greater authenticity as a blogger. If Paul were blogging today, I think he would agree with me. In 2 Corinthians 1:3-7 he writes:
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ. If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer. And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort.”
So let me ask you this; How broken is your blog? Could you be offering up a little more transparency to your readers?
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This Rembrandt oil painting of Paul in prison is in the public domain and available on Wikimedia Commons. The original is on display at Staatsgalerie Stuttgart.