As I posted earlier in the week, this blog is mostly a place where I’ll be sharing my experiences in writing short stories. As mentioned in “The Purpose,” the reason I do this because I love God and I wish to glorify Him with my talents (humble as they may be).
I believe in the importance of standing up for what you believe in. Of course, that means different things to different people. By and large, my observation of others in my culture would indicate that many do not have a strong faith in anything, or if they do, they are careful not to stand up for it. After all, many feel is is rude, and even inappropriate, to mention God, religion or faith in mixed company.
I certainly understand the sentiment, to a degree. As a Christian, I face this challenge every day. I wish to share my faith, and yet, because of my culture, I could be offending or turning off the very people I hope to share my faith with. I ask God on a regular basis for wisdom in knowing what to say, when to say it and whom to say it to.
Thankfully, alternatives exists for those who wish to share their faith, but find it difficult to find many openings of self expression in this day and age. I choose to write short stories, drawing comics and doing blog entries. Many other alternatives present themselves to others who wish to share their faith with the world at large. Making sure your voice is heard requires dedication, a bit of creative thinking and persistent application.
Of course, there are no shortage of people expressing themselves everyday through a rising number of mediums. Of greater importance, one must consider their message and the reason behind expressing it. In other words, one must ask, “What do I stand for?”
A cursory examination of videos on YouTube reveals that people stand for a plethora of interesting reasons. There are volumes of videos about entertainment, political opinion and even thoughts on religion. The Bible says that “From the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks.” Watching random videos can certainly give one a perspective of what it important in the hearts of Americans. I certainly gives me pause for concern. However, at the end of the day, I can do little to address those shortcomings. I can, however, examine myself and seek change where desired.
So, ask yourself, what do you stand for? Day after day, week after week and even year after year, what do your forms of expression communicate? What words are on your lips? What do they reveal about your heart? And once you have chosen what to stand for, how will you communicate it?