When I started blogging, many years ago, I set a goal for myself. I'd been a writer and speaker for many years, and I was convicted to think of how many times over the years I'd used my words for in selfish ways. So as I entered the community of bloggers, I determined that I would take to heart the words of Ephesians 4:29:
"Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification,
that it may impart grace to the hearers."
That's why my blog, ever since that first post in 2007, has always been called Imparting Grace.
I saw my blog as a bit of online property, a place to extend hospitality to all who might visit me. I wanted to bless each person who stopped by.
Over the years, though, I've found that at times I've become distracted from that goal. Instead of wanting to bless people, it's been easy to fall into the trap of wanting to impress them.
If I don't have something big or beautiful to share, I've pretty much stopped sharing. I've neglected my space here. I've practically stopped writing, unless I've felt that I had something impressive to share.
In the process, though, I've stopped doing much of anything to bless.
By God's grace, this is still my bit of online property, and lately He has shown me that if I'm willing, I can still extend hospitality here.
But I'll have to change my habits.
I've grown rusty at extending hospitality in this space. I need practice in sharing things just to bless rather than to impress.
Today, I remember the words of Thomas à Kempis: "Habit overcomes habit."
Yesterday was the first day of February. Yesterday I wrote a little post, sharing a fun and simple recipe. More than that, though, I started what I hope will be an entire month of a post for each day. Some will be simple; some will be short. Others will be more involved. Probably very few of them will be impressive. My hope, though, is that each one will be a blessing to someone.
To bless, not to impress. And so, in some small way, to impart grace. That's my aim and my prayer.
Do you ever struggle to keep your actions aligned with your goals? Will you join me for this journey?