For me, blogging began as a way to share things with our long-distance family and friends and has slowly morphed to include different things, at different times. I’ve used it to promote and highlight my work as a photographer and share things I thought might be helpful to others (recipes, home remedies, articles I’ve read or videos I’ve watched that have touched me in some way, etc.) In many cases, it’s been a way for me to process things God, my family, friends and many others have taught me and a way for me to remember the things I’ve learned and experienced along the way. I look forward to the day when my children can look through all these old posts and remember happy times, and hopefully learn from my mistakes and occasional successes. .
While I certainly hope that the articles on this site are beneficial to others, this site deals with MY walk with Jesus Christ. It is neither my intent nor my desire to convict others regarding the way they live their lives. While there is a place for “iron sharpening iron,” it is ultimately the Holy Spirit who is responsible for molding us into the people He wants us to become. While I certainly hope that the Holy Spirit will use my writing to touch the lives of others, we must be careful not to adopt the convictions of others as our own without the prompting of the Holy Spirit (1).
If an article on this site motivates you to change something about your life, please pay careful attention to whether or not the Holy Spirit is behind that motivation. If so, then I’m thrilled and honored to have been a part of your growth in Christ. If you start to feel a burden of guilt regarding something said here, however, please recognize that this guilt is not from the Holy Spirit. Convictions are not equal to Commandments, and what is necessary for some may not be necessary for others. Even if a spiritual principle is true, trying to live by it before we are ready will only bring frustration (1 Corinthians 3:2). The Holy Spirit deals with each of us in His perfect timing. “He who has begun a good work in you will bring it to completion!”
1.) The most important difference between works based righteousness and Holy Spirit conviction is that while self-works will create a perpetual cycle of trying and failing, the Holy Spirit will always give us the ability to do what He asks us to do.
PS. Because I started with two separate blogs, many of the links to other articles you see here will take you back to the original blog, Into Still Waters.