There is a common trap that writers and bloggers fall into. It’s the trap of viewing everything in life as a potential article “piece.” Our minds tend to always be on the lookout for that next great “grabbing” column, article, book, or blog post. It’s very hard not to view anything that happens to you in the context of written word. It just is.
In a way, I love that. I love that inspiration is possibly around every corner. But on the other hand, God has shown me something personally that I’ve had to apply a few times.
Some things just need to stay unknown to the world. Some things just need to remain between us and God.
My life is very open. I choose to have it that way because of the burden and passion I carry with me to impact and encourage others. It’s a hurting world. There are so many people who need to hear they are not alone. They need a little kick-start at times; at others – a hug through words from a stranger who can understand and empathize.
Yet there have been a few occasions when something profound or deep-to-my heart has happened, and I’ve been ready to pen it down lest I forget. On these occasions, I’ve sensed God speak to my heart. I’ve sensed Him tell me to let them go. To leave them in the moment. To keep them personal – between Him – and – me.
There are just some things the world doesn’t need to know. There has to be something left for myself sometimes. Something that is so personal, so touching or impactful on my heart and life; that I just let it drape over me and let it remain anonymous to those who aren’t in the “know.” I have to do this for my own walk and relationship with God because if I threw absolutely everything down onto paper or churned it out on my computer, then I’d tread near the line of using God. I’d be using personal things for professional gain or notoriety. And I never want to do that.
For me, I just have to be reminded by Him from time to time that it’s okay to let some things slip away in the recesses of my mind. It’s okay to not shout out what happened to the world or repeat what priceless truth and lesson He’s taught me. Because it was just for ME. Me. Not everyone else.
As a writer, that’s a hard lesson to learn. But my God is so good at reminding me and He gives me plenty of other material to use to minister to others in His name.
I never want to use my Lord just to get a great article. I never want to use my relationship with Him to garner attention or grow fans. In order for me to be real and authentic, I have to let Him tell me to sometimes let something good fade away without it being said. For it was a personal gift to me – not the world.
It’s been good for me on the occasions I’ve done that. And I pray there will be more moments where my God tells me to cherish the moment and then let it go. For it keeps me humble and it keeps me focused on what I want my life and ministry to truly be about. My relationship with Him.