1. Be careful about narcissism. (I have written similar concerns here)
2. Make your blog about ideas.
3. Watch out that you're not contributing to a culture of amateurs.
4. Remember that blogs aren't really that significant.
5. Seek accountability in your blogging, like anything else.
A diet of unremittingly jolly choruses and hymns inevitably I creates an unrealistic horizon of expectation which sees the normative Christian life as one long triumphalist street party — a theologically incorrect and a pastorally disastrous scenario in a world of broken individuals. Has an unconscious belief that Christianity is — or at least should be — all about health, wealth, and happiness silently corrupted the content of our worship? Few Christians in areas where the church has been strongest over recent decades — China, Africa, Eastern Europe - would regard uninterrupted emotional highs as normal Christian experience.
By excluding the cries of loneliness, dispossession, and desolation from its worship, the church has effectively silenced and excluded the voices of those who are themselves lonely, dispossessed, and desolate, both inside and outside the church. By so doing, it has implicitly endorsed the banal aspirations of consumerism, generated an insipid, trivial and unrealistically triumphalist Christianity, and confirmed its impeccable credentials as a club for the complacent.
I am not a big 'New Years Resolutions' guy, but it is a good time to do some personal and familial evaluation. I thought I'd share some ways I am seeking conformity to Christ:
--Wake up each morning and preach the Gospel to your self. Start the day with a Gospel perspective, acknowledging your dependence on God.
--Be observant and identify evidences of grace in others. Encourage them and so ‘give grace to those who hear.’ (Eph 4.29)
--Realize that you are always doing much better than you deserve.
--Make the best use of time, as it is fleeting (Eph 5.16). Number your days (Ps 90.12) because life is a vapor (James 4.14).
--I have made a covenant with my eyes; how then could I gaze at a virgin? (Job 31.1)
--Do not let the sun go down on your anger (Eph 4.26)
--Love your wife as Christ loves the church (Eph 5.22-31), and do not be harsh with her lest your prayers be hindered (Col 3.19, 1 Pet 3.7).
--Bridle your tongue, or your religion is worthless (James 1.26).
--Think weekly about where you’ve sinned and been negligent.
--Pray without ceasing (1 Thess 5.17). Prayerlessness is pride, and makes the statement that you are self-sufficient.
--Consider/weigh/pray about your reaction to criticism. Be thankful for criticism and agree with it. You are much worse than your critic even knows. You have been judged and justified in Christ and are now in Him, with whom God is well pleased. Criticism is a gift to you from God.
--Respond to life’s mishaps as a true Calvinist. God is meticulously sovereign, so act accordingly when life happens.