Living something brings a keen awareness of how others view it.
Until you are a stay-home mom, you may not realize how others demean that work by using words like “only” or “just” to describe it.
Until my husband became a pastor, I didn’t realize the walls that sometimes are built in people’s hearts (as evidenced on their face) the minute that fact escapes our lips. Suddenly, the conversation adjusts, and certain things get hidden or go unspoken. With the knowledge of that one fact, it seems that many people become less willing to let us see their warts, and more likely to see us as hyper-spiritual people without everyday, human struggles.
“I’M A WRITER”
Similarly, when I identify myself a writer (or worse –!!!– as a “blogger”), certain reactions come.
Some people take it seriously, but many (most?) don’t.
While some friends and relatives are very supportive, some relatives who would be overjoyed if I left the walls of our home and got a job as a teacher, political campaign worker, medical transcriptionist– frankly, ANYTHING but being a mom– seem utterly uninterested by the fact that I’ve been writing consistently for over 8 years and now get paid for that work (while being privileged enough to be present, raising my kids at the same time–score!).
A friend asked, about my writing, “Well, isn’t it insignificant, in the whole scheme of things?”
And here’s the thing. I want to answer delicately and graciously, but I also need to be honest:
It’s not. It’s not insignificant in the whole scheme of things.
I would not put forth the time to write if I thought it was insignificant.
EVALUATING OUR PERSPECTIVE AS BELIEVERS
Frankly, as a Christian, I don’t believe anything that we do “as unto the Lord” is insignificant. The things we purposefully do, with eternity in mind, are the things that are inherently laced with significance.
- When is a blog not “just” a blog?
- When is a blogger not “just” blowing smoke and contributing to internet noise?
- When that blog, or that blogger, is focused on Godly, eternal things.
- When the blogger is processing things in their lives in order to comprehend and glorify God.
- When that blogger is writing “as unto the Lord.”
Call my SpadesPlus score or the specific way I fold bathroom hand towels insignificant, and you’d be right.
Look at the make & model of the car I drive, and call that insignificant, sure.
A Facebook picture of my dinner plate at a restaurant, or my thrift store find, may also be insignificant “in the whole scheme of things.”
But no, I don’t think my work encouraging Christian women to passionately grow in their relationships with the Lord is insignificant. Not at all.
What do you think?
- Do you agree that blogging can be meaningful?
- Or am I wrong? —> is it insignificant in the whole scheme of things?