There are many who have ceased reading what I write due to the objection that I am "negative" or "critical". Others have mentioned that they think I need counseling due to lifelong issues that I bring up at times. Still others have simply gotten tired of the relentless blogs written by this B2Y guy.
Long ago I decided to exercise one of the gifts God gave me to be a watchman on the wall. There are plenty of good Christians out there to provide nice uplifting blogs, but there are not too many willing to take the flack that comes with speaking the truth in love, even if it offends someone. I feel many times I have properly done my job if one of my blogs DOES make a person stop and think, even if only for a few minutes about things in their life.
We are all bombarded with so much information daily it is a wonder that we actually digest any of it. We live in an age where one can find any information any minute from multiple sources. For the most part, it has been my observation that most people never slow down and really read or listen to much of anything. They see or hear the words but those words don't make it to the heart.
Sure, I could write a cute little blog every week. Perhaps there is a time and place for such stuff, but it is not what I have been called by God to proclaim. Sometimes we just need to be confronted by the truth even if it makes us uncomfortable.
In re-reading some of my really old blogs, there is one thing that stands outÂ€Â”I was not afraid to speak my mind even if no one read it or agreed with it. For quite a long time I had the reputation around here of being a "preacher". I always chuckled when someone mentioned that for I never considered myself anything other than a Bible teacher with a specialty in confronting tricky issues.
I would be kidding myself if I didn't acknowledge that it has been a very long time since I have written anything that the community here thought was exceptional. For the most part I blog away and receive my one or two comments per blog. The question I must ask myself is whether I should adjust what I write to coerce comments or just keep writing as I feel led to write. Hmmm, I wonder which one I will choose (Jeopardy song in background).
After all of about two seconds thinking about it, I have decided to keep doing what I have tried to do for two and one half years, and that is to put into print what I believe the Holy Spirit works in me regardless of whether it is popular or not. I just thought I better get this off my chest for the handful of people who still DO read what I write. Thank you.
I am going to call you out on this one...you are wrong. There I said it! You are the most popular blogger. You are the reason that I joined (along with alight and greybear). I can see from my vantage point many people that you have affected. So keep doing your B2Y thang and we'll keep reading...even if it is logged off so that we have deniability LOL!
I never thought I would see the day when you my friend would say something that i would consider to be nonsense. But today i see it.
Unpopular? You? Goodness I wish I had a pound for every blog of yours that spoke wisdom into my soul. For I could then afford the plane fare to fly from Anna's house to yours to give you a hug and a blessing for the many many times I have been fed by your blogs.
Now I know this is not a blog to evoke sympathy or more readers, i know you too well for that. Thats why I say what I do. You my friend speak the truth in every blog. You are true to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. You are true to your calling in HIM.
I just wish that others would take a leaf from your book, and follow your example.
Thank you for your words each day, and thank you for all you have done for me in particular.
God bless my friend.
I say ditto to what Luckyone said! BTW, good to "see" YOU, Luckyone
B2Y, you wrote:
[quote]After all of about two seconds thinking about it, I have decided to keep doing what I have tried to do for two and one half years, and that is to put into print what I believe the Holy Spirit works in me regardless of whether it is popular or not. [/quote]
Praise God! That is what we are called to do... follow the leading of the Holy Spirit regardless of what we see. Right now I am recalling a poem Corrie ten Boom loved so well called The Weaver. She was fond of reciting it at the beginning of her speaking. She would hold up a piece embroidery showing the underside. Often her host or hostess would try to "help" her thinking her age was getting to her (she was in her eighties with a demanding international speaking schedule). She would gently decline their help as she talked about us just seeing the underside. Then she would flip it over to show what God sees now and what we will see eventually... it was not a mass of tangled threads and knots... it was a beautiful crown!
B2Y, I always enjoy your blogs. Many come to write, and spend little time reading and commenting on others blogs. Time is an issue, for many. It seems to me, much of the time when a blog does get a lot of comments, it is when people have differing views, over a controversial subject. Some doctrines are downright dangerous, leading away from Christ, either into works FOR salvation, or a licentious lifestyle, where one is not accountable for anything.
I write because it gives opportunity to share a lot of concerns and thoughts about the christian life, and the church setting does not give every one there, an opportunity to do what we can here. I guess we are all watchmen in the sense that we are to be watching, and ready, though God does give discernment as a spiritual gift to those He choses. I try to mainly focus on the days we are in, and Jesus Christ for salvation, and those who are truly His, follow and obey Him. The very basics of christianity are not accepted by many, such are the signs of the time.
Anyhow, I enjoy your blogs. On average I comment on app. 9 other folks blogs to every one I write, so I do comment and read. Others do better, (I think ptl2008 is awfully close to top), and others do a lot worse. And speaking personally, if God has a word of warning, I want to hear it, so keep at it, that is what watchmen do. God Bless you Brother. I doubt many will reach the numbers you have, and I for one appreciate them. Maranatha.
Hi folks and thanks so much for the comments. I would be the first to admit that in the distant past I would write a blog such as this to solicit either pity or comments. Let me assure anyone reading this that I am NOT trying to do anything other than publically confront an issue brought up to me in private.
I am committed to continuing to write down whatever the Lord moves in my heart to write. If what comes out is lighthearted and comforting--so be it. But, if what comes out is as sharp as a sword--well so be that too. The only thing I want people to know is that I don't sit around thinking about how I can be like a dripping faucet or an itch that won't go away.
No matter what, I insist on continuing to be a blessing 2 you through what I write.
let me "put on my military drillsgt hat for this one( really a smokey the bear hat is more like it) "least you go tsome guts an dbackbone to blog what you belive and not go"oprah/dr phil on us.. nuff said.. be blessed
May the Holy Spirit continue to guide you! God Bless you! Amen! Dave
B2Y You have been and I am certain will continue to be a blessing to me. The truth is what is most important to all. I may not always comment, but I do read nearly all of your blogs. Keep doing what you have been doing. I believe we are here on CB to learn from one another, occasionally rebuke one another and always uplift one another. May God's rich blessings flow to you and through you! revgenlink
I suppose it's a little like practicing an instrument and looking to the reason you play it. Seldom do we do things for our own entertainment. Nor do you or I. We do it to send a message... . the victory is that someone reads it. We sometimes try little tricks to get some one to stay with it long enough to think about it. If a message is disagreeable, it is often because it hits a nerve or is intimidating. I find your stuff sincere and well founded in the word (which incidentally is not short on judgement). Stay true.
Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. Matt 10:34
Get it all out on the table brethren! Amen!
I see you like the controversial topics, as do I, check out my blog and lend me your feedback. Jj
WOW! Are you kidding? To say that you are not the most respected blogger on this site would be a lie. You are our inspirartion. I will admit that i read a lot of your messages with out signning in, but i still try and catch your messages when every i can. If you are having a John the Baptist moment here, i want to throw my support your way.
The Flack Taker Expert,
Listen, brother b2y, this life ain't about popularity. Those who believe it is are grandly delusional. Or as I like to so fondly remark, "Cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs."
If your ruminations about our shared faith bring a true turning to Jesus, then you shall have accomplished what I know God has gifted you to do.
If not, it's only because the seeds of God's Wisdom fall upon rocky soil.
Remember, I'm one of the "old-timers" around here. Thus, I know what I'm talking about. :)