Everyday for Christ
A new year is just around the corner. I can’t believe it is going to be 2011! I’ve been thinking this week about blogging in the new year and what my goals will be. First and foremost my goal is to continue to share the love of Jesus and His gift of salvation in the weeks and months ahead. But a comment one of my fellow bloggers made on my last post made me realize the great responsibility I have been given as I choose to blog about faith. She said that what I had posted helped her grow in her Christian faith. She learned something from what I wrote about the Christian walk. I realized that makes me a teacher, and that got me thinking about the responsibility of teachers.
James wrote, “My brethren, let not many of you become teachers, knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgment.” James 3:1. That is a somber thought, indeed. I reminds me that I must be careful about what I write and how I write it. Jesus told His disciples, “Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were drowned in the depth of the sea.” Matthew 18:6. This reminds me that I need to make sure what I write about Jesus is accurate. I don’t want to provide false teaching that will cause a fellow Christian, one who comes here to learn, to sin.
Today WordPress posted an entry about a new blog called The Daily Post at WordPress.com. This new blog is designed to encourage bloggers to post every day in 2011. I’m thinking about signing up for this challenge, since I already blog almost every day. If I do, I will probably start making Sunday “Psalm Sunday” instead of actually writing a post that day. As I thought about signing up, I realized that the quantity and frequency of my posts is not what is important. It is the quality of the teaching and encouragement that I provide. I know that sharing Christ daily is definitely something that would please our Lord.
So I pray today that the Holy Spirit will grant me wisdom and perseverance to post each day in 2011 something that helps another Christian on their walk with Jesus, encourages at least one person to hold onto or strive more towards faith in the One True God, and is always consistent with the character and teachings of Christ. I ask all of you who read this to keep my in your prayers as well. I also ask that you test what you read here, and let me know if you think I have ever missed the truth, even by a hair, so that I may correct what I have written.
As many of you know, I love music. There is a song we sing in church that sums up what I want 2011 to be here on my blog and in my daily life. It’s called “Everyday” by Hillsong United:
Everyday, Lord, I’ll
Learn to stand upon Your word
And I pray that I
That I might come to know You more
That You would guide me in every single step I take, that
Everyday I can
Be Your light unto the world
Everyday, it’s You I live for
Everyday, I’ll follow after You
Everyday, I’ll walk with You, my Lord
I have thoroughly enjoyed my blogging journey in 2010, especially the opportunity to meet so many other Christian bloggers and develop wonderful new relationships. I hope and pray that 2011 will be even better and that we will all grow to be more like Christ each day!
Peace and a Blessed New Year, Linda
I look forward to reading your daily posts! I may take up the challenge myself. It’s encouraging to see how your blog is reaching people, blessing them and encouraging them in following Christ! Keep it up!
Thank you for such a nice comment! I think I am blessed even more than those who read my posts, especially by the friendships I have made. Serving Christ is always its own best reward. 🙂 Peace, Linda
Your blog has been a source of great encouragement to me in the few months I’ve been here. I am thankful for the way you share what God has laid on your heart.
Walking with Jesus is indeed an everyday affair. I talk about Him everyday. Would be nice if I could write about him everyday but there’s way more for me to feed off when you and the others post that often 🙂 . I appreciate being able to check in and find that God has given a word to share with the rest of us. Go for it!!!
God bless you,
Ann, Thank you for your encouragement and prayers. They mean a lot to me. God willing, I will be able to post every day and He will be glorified. I know it is only by His Holy Spirit that I can accomplish this. 🙂 Peace, Linda
Thank you for sharing the happy song — you have just made me move to the beat! Thank you for your wisdom — sometimes it’s quite a challenge for me to totally digest it but I am trying to learn! Thank you for the open communication — I do not fear of failing when I ask you a question!
Happy New Year and looking forward to God’s lesson plans!
Got to learn,
My Dear Friend Rea, I am honored to be able to share what God has shared with me with someone so eager to know Him more! But always remember that the real Teacher is the Holy Spirit. He will help you digest and understand. 🙂 I’m glad you like the song. It is one that always makes me move when we sing it in church. Thankfully Lutherans always stand when we sing, so I can do a little dance in place! 😉 Peace and Happy New Year, Linda
Linda, I love your desire to be a trustworthy teacher, to post something that helps us grow in Him each day, and be accountable for it all. You always help me, and when I have questions, I love coming to you and getting your view because it is so based in His word. Thank you for helping each of us to consider what our blogs should look like according to Him in 2011 also. I wondered about not posting as often, if it was too much sometimes, knowing as a writer that some days words and ideas and prayers come together and other days it doesn’t come across as well. I’ll leave it up to Him, what He wants me to keep doing and how it’s suppose to look. I can’t do it without Him anyway. God bless you and all you do for His glory! 🙂
Deb, Thank you again for such an encouraging comment. I can’t do this without Him, either. 🙂 I thought about you and Ben, who already post every single day, when I read the WordPress Daily Post article. I am always blessed by your poems. Some may speak to me more than others, but each one is meant for someone. Peace, Linda