Writing toolsI started blogging again a few months ago. As I said in a previous post, I had tried blogging a number of times before but things always fizzled out. This time, I was fired up. I’d get the word out, tell the truth no matter what others thought, and let the chips fall where they may. It turned out, though, that I was wrong to take that approach.

After churning out a few diatribes on incompetence on the job, the “LGBT community,” etc., I came to realize that my blog was only a rant. This was doing no good for anyone but me, and the only good it did me was to get a few gripes off my chest.

A few months went by while I thought about what to do. During that time, a friend mentioned to me that I needed to be more careful what I say on the ‘net. He had heard from someone whom we both care about that an obscure comment I made on Facebook had been poorly received. That’s not the way to win friends and influence people.

It Was Time to Adjust My Approach

As I thought things over, it occurred to me that a lot of negativity on my part was going to be perceived as just that: a lot of negativity. That wasn’t going to help anyone; quite the contrary. What I want to do, I decided, is to help others grow closer to Jesus, if only just a little bit. This new approach calls for more positive posts, often using scripture to encourage rather than bludgeon people.

I truly long to help others know Christ better. In so doing, I’ll get to know Him better myself.

The “Love” Part of This

I’ll admit that I tend to be rather negative and controlling. I constantly struggle against this tendency. I have a hard time loving others with whom I disagree or who are rebellious toward God. I also have an unhealthy dose of intellectual arrogance in my makeup.

I need instead to follow the example of the One who loved me enough to “be sin” for me, though He was sinless.

20 Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. 21 He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

– 2 Corinthians 5:20-21

Jesus gave His life for me. The least I can do is to help others get to know Him better.