I read Carlos Whittakers blog every day. Last week he decided to shut it down and go on a blog-sabbatical type thing. Yesterday I read that Flowerdust was shutting her blog down for Lent. She's done that before, gone on a little "blog/twitter break". Then I read about a few other people I follow on Twitter were also breaking for lent.
I started to feel the pressure..peer pressure.
"am I not as spiritual as they are cuz' I'm ok with not shutting down my blog for a while?"
"am I an addicted, out of control Internet freak" (That answer was easy..YES)
"Since all the cool Christian bloggers are NOT blogging right now, should I not be?"
Yea, I'm 15yrs old..
So, I talked to God about it and I believe I heard what I hear a lot;
Galatians 5:22-26 (New International Version)
22But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires.
They say to me, don't throw the baby out with the bath water. Don't label something a sin because I have trouble being self controlled in that area. Be self controlled.
I feel like writing is a gift, this blog is a gift. Twitter is a good thing. And just like all gifts and good things in life they have to be kept under the lordship of Christ, and we must walk in the spirit (..love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law).
When I looked up these fruit of the spirit verses today, I saw scriptures I didn't remember seeing before even though they were highlighted (ever do that?) Verse 25 and 26, 25Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. 26Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.
"Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other." WOW. For me, that's loaded. I gotta chew on that for a while in relation to this blog, stats, how I look at other blogs, etc.
I respect those who have felt God leading them to step away from this arena for a bit and I also respect the ones who feel God has not ask them to do that. I pray I don't give into the self supposed peer pressure from either but I give into the leading of the Holy Spirit.
What do you think about all this blog breaks and stuff? How do you keep a balance? How do you Blog, twitter, use your time on the Internet responsibly?