Updated: Mar 2, 2020
Before there were blogs, I wrote.
Before there were social media platforms, I photographed every precious moment.
Before there were vlogs, I recorded.
It’s how I was made. If no one but myself saw anything I documented or wrote, I would never stop.
For every one photo that I share publicly, hundreds of others have been taken. For every piece of writing that I have shared, dozens were not.
For years, I have kept most of it to myself.
I don’t like the spotlight.
But, God. He is persistent.
What would our world be like if C.S. Lewis kept every revelation from God,
every imaginative story, every profound thought to himself?
What would our world be like if Paul didn’t share all of the miracles he saw,
trials he experienced and places he traveled to for the sake of the gospel?
No one would choose to do those things without the Holy Spirit moving them.
His drive to share Jesus was unshakeable.
What would our world look like if musicians like Zach Williams, a former rock band member wrapped up in drinking and drugs, who walked away from all of it and turned to Jesus, decided to hide in his shame and not do music again? How many people that lived similar lives as he had, would have ever come to know Jesus, if he hadn’t written down those first Christian lyrics swirling around in his head?
What do you do when you have been gifted with things that you know God gave you to use for this present age? Even if it meant you had to step way out of your comfort zone, ignore the fear of losing approval from those you love most and care about?
Would you ignore the constant groaning of the Holy Spirit inside of you that says, “share what you’re doing with the world?” Or would you risk it, take one little step at a time, push aside every fear, and fix your eyes only on your Creator?
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
photo credit: Alison Fancher