Someone just suggested to me that my blog posts sound a bit self-righteous. Sigh. One of my biggest fears. I've been accused of such before -- haven't I mentioned my status as a recovering Pharisee?
But that was most frustrating to me because I really work on that. I try to share my many faults I'm working on (and that's tough -- not the sharing, but figuring out what to share and how in such a public forum). I try to give credit for any insightful remarks I make because they are rarely my own. God doesn't often bless me with original thought -- only with, perhaps, a knack for making connections and a forum to share. I usually use "we" instead of "you" when presenting ideas that are personally challenging (like the Sin Challenge business), and I do so very honestly because most of the challenging stuff I write about, I'm writing about because I'm being personally challenged by it. Lord knows, the last thing I want to imply is that I know everything or have it all together.
Yet, it seems I often fall into that place anyway. In a class I took once about spiritual gifts, the presenter told us that every spiritual gift has a negative counterpart to be cautious of. Teachers tend to lean toward being know-it-alls. As a then-teacher-in-training, and as a former teacher now, I have always tried to keep that in mind. It's a hazard of the profession.
As I type this, my daughter is reading over my shoulder, saying, "But it's your blog! What you write is supposed to be your own thoughts. It's what you're thinking at the time. It's not being self-righteous." Maybe so. But if my words are to have any impact -- and honestly, why bother writing them to anyone else if that isn't ultimately my goal? -- then they need to be heard. And they will be dismissed if I sound like I say them with an attitude.
Anyway, my apologies if I come off as a self-righteous prig. I often feel a strong conviction to share something God is teaching me, but I continue to work on balancing confidence and boldness with humility. Your grace is always appreciated!