When I sit here with my fingers on the keyboard, it is hard for me to see what it looks like from the other side of this blog – your side. Especially when we post articles that seem to get some folks’ dander up, I always wonder “what does it look like from that side of the screen”? I do my best to put myself in your shoes, but perhaps it’s time for you to step into my shoes.
So I’m going to let you come to this side of the screen and see what I go through when posting these “weightier” articles. Of course, I will remind you that I don’t always follow these steps, but it’s becoming more clear to me how incredibly important they are that I follow them before posting anything publicly.
6 Questions I Ask Myself:
1. Is this post or topic needful to the Body of Christ? This is my main concern when posting anything that might be considered “controversial”. I personally like the term “weightier” because, by nature, I am not a person that thrives on controversy and confrontation. What I post, I do so because it is of enough concern to me that it outweighs the stomachache that I know will come with it. I constantly remind myself that I have two reasons I do this . . . and that is because I love the Lord with all my heart, soul, and mind – and I love His Word, and the truths contained therein.
2. Have I researched and studied this topic fully? More than being able to talk endlessly on a subject, I try to make sure I have researched it thoroughly. This includes spending much time in the Word. What does God have to say about it?
3. Do I have my husband’s full backing on this subject? I will usually type it up, edit it, and then hand it over to Lowell. Sometimes he says to not publish it – and am I ever glad when I listen to him those times. Other times, he gives it his review, edits it, and then hands it back. We talk and talk and talk. And revise again. Finally, it’s ready for publishing.
4. Is my heart pure from malice or pride in this topic? It is so easy to see someone else’s faults, while my own are much harder to view with clarity. It takes a time of looking at my own heart and repenting of sin, before publishing these posts.
5. Has enough time passed between the idea of the post . . . and the publishing of it? I am a firm believer that posts of greater magnitude and weight should have lots of time allowed for them to develop. Time has a unique way of weeding out the bad, and adding in the good. I never feel right when I rashly put out a post, especially one containing Biblical lessons and truth. Some posts take months between the idea of them, and publishing them.
6. Have I covered this post with adequate prayer? I can’t stress this one enough. Prayer is vital to the Holy Spirit convicting me of sin in my own life, and softening the hearts of those who will hear the truth. If you forget all the other five points, remember this one I consider of utmost importance.
So there you have sat in my chair, stepped in my shoes, and held your fingers over my keyboard. I simply want you to know I don’t do this lightly or flippantly. I don’t do it perfect, either.
Now, if you have courage, all you must do is hit “publish”. . .
Oh yeah. May I have my chair back now?
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