This morning I woke up with a million different things I wanted to write about. But, soon a problem emerged. I didn’t need a million ideas, I just needed one. I started drafting a post for today, but half-way through I felt like God was saying “no.” And as I read through what I had written, I realized what He meant. It is a subject that one day I want to talk about, but at this point it is not ready. In fact, in its current draft it would likely not accomplish its intended goal at all. It needs time to developed and thought out.
God does not call us to do things with indifference. Instead, everything we do should be done as unto the Lord. Colossians 3:17 says,
And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Brothers and sisters, one day we will all have to give an account for everything we have done, thought, and spoken (2 Corinthians 5:10). This includes every Facebook post, every email, every text, every Google search, and every blog post. Deleting a post or clearing one’s browser history does not hide it from God. So, be extremely careful with what you write and share online.
Also, take time to develop your ideas. Maybe they are not ready now, but they will be in the future. It could be that God is protecting both you and your audience from unnecessary pain. I still regret some things I have written in the past. Because of my pride, arrogance, and hastiness I decided to share them publicly before I had taken the time to pray about them and develop them properly. The results always ended poorly. It can also be wise to run your ideas by a trusted friend and/or mentor who will give you honest feedback.
Moving forward, I pray that we would all be quicker to hear and slower to speak (James 1:19). We must learn to listen to God’s voice before we decide to amplify our own. We should be like megaphones in the hands of God, simply tools for proclaiming His Word. Ultimately, the world doesn’t need my blog or yours, but it does need Jesus.