Tuesday, August 23, 2011

To Write or Not to Write

There is so much I have rambling around in my head and it drives me crazy some days. I love to process and then express my thoughts through writing. I write in a journal, but many times I want to share what is on my heart.

The last couple of months I have been trying to blog on more consistent basis, but I have been wondering if I should be blogging at all. What is the purpose of it? Why do I want to share what I think with others? Is it based on pride?

I get annoyed and concerned with our culture that allows anyone and everyone to have a platform to "express themselves," especially in writing. It is amazing to go to a bookstore and see the thousands of books. And, for every book I am sure there are multiple blogs, for a blog is just like an unpublished book of sorts.

We all want so desperately to be heard. We want to influence others. We want people to think our lives are great, or if you have a depressing blog, to know that life is horrible. Then there is a whole new surge of money making blogging. It's ridiculous, really, when you think of all the blogs that exist. Is it bad? No, not really. It's apart of the times we live in and blogs can be used, like anything else, for the glory of God or for selfish gain.

There have been several times in my blogging that I have taken a break from writing. I am considering doing it again and possibly never coming back. The main reason? Well, there are a few- 1. I get frustrated having to put a "disclaimer" on everything like, "I know this is not how everyone has to live..." I just wish I could express my heart without having to worry about possibly offending someone. 2. Is it the best place to passionately encourage people to live sold out lives for Christ? I am not sure. 3. Overall I want to live a quiet life (1 Thess. 4:11) and seek to please the Lord in all I do- whether the internet world ever knows about it or not.

So, if I never return to blogging please continue to follow Jesus with your whole heart, soul, mind and strength. Do not be conformed to the patterns of this world. Teach your children that it is His kingdom that comes. Do not waste your life investing in material things, entertaining movies, good restaurants or financial security.

Love Jesus. Serve Him. Seek His kingdom.


~*~elizabeth said...

Hi Jaclyn,
By all means do exactly as Jesus leads you, to write or not to write. But I just wanted to let you know that I have been significantly blessed and edified by what you have posted on your blog already. I really admire how you strive to love and honor Jesus in every single aspect of life. You are declaring with your words and your life that He is worth it... and He is! I have been especially blessed by your posts on raising Jeremiah and on ministry. Thank you for sharing!
PS: I am not a total internet stranger. I met you at Ellerslie last December and you let me hold your little boy. You are a very precious family. Blessings!

Amanda May said...

Hello, Jaclyn.
I also wanted to say thank you for writing. I think I actually am a stranger to you, but I was an Ellerslie student last winter. I don't remember how I found your blog, and sometimes I've felt slightly awkward reading it since I don't personally know you, but it has been SO encouraging to me. I don't know a lot of truly surrendered Christian families, and it has been wonderful to read about your committment to serving the Lord in your family and every area of your life. Some of your posts have pushed me to study and ask hard questions and examine the truth more closely than before, and I have come to know Him even more through it. So whether or not you continue to write, or think of me as slightly creepy, thank you. Truly.
May K

soblessed2be said...

<3 Missing your writings. I pray that all is well!