Somebody Is Watching

Do you ever get the feeling that someone is watching you?

It’s because they are. There is someone in your life that is watching you and evaluating how you act and react to situations. They are learning how you live your life.

That is incredibly exciting, and terribly frightening.

As a dad I am highly aware of the huge responsibility that I have. Not only to provide for my son and keep him healthy, but even more so, to raise him to, one day, become a good man.

Right now, he imitates me when I stick my tongue out. But in a few years will he imitate me when I get angry? Right now, he tries to replicate my funny noises. But when he gets older will he replicate my pride?

He will spend his life watching me, but I don’t want him to watch me. I don’t want him to turn out like me. I want him to be better than me. I want him to be like Jesus.

You don’t have to be a parent to have influence over someone else’s life. No matter how young or old you are, my guess is that right now you could name at least one person who looks up to you. And there are probably others that you don’t even know about. We all have someone watching us.

So, let’s be sure to give them something worth their time.

Matthew 5:16 says, “…let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”

But how do we let our light shine? How do we make sure that our light isn’t dim?

Romans 12:2 tells us, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind.”

You see, it is the Spirit of God who molds us and transforms us. He is the one who changes us to be more like Jesus. He is the one that helps ensure our life is worthy. Unfortunately, far too many Christians have grown accustomed to quenching the Spirit and His work in their lives. Far too many of us have grown accustomed to trying to do things on our own power instead of leaning and relying on Him.

Ephesians 5 tells us that we need to be imitators of God. But that can only be done when we are connected to and trusting in the Holy Spirit to grow and transform us.

So, if someone is watching you, which they are, then be sure to be an imitator of God. Because if you are like Jesus, then the person watching you and trying to be like you will also begin to look like Jesus as well.

Paul even said that himself in his letter to the Corinthians, imitate me as I imitate Christ.

Someone is watching you.

So please, be careful how you act. Be wise in how you react. Love like Jesus loves. Be slow to anger and quick to forgive. Be humble and direct all the praise to God.

Because one day, someone else will be watching that person who watched you.

Why I Stopped Blogging And Why I’m Now Back

A lot has happened since my last post back in April of 2019. There were a few reasons why I took a step back from posting my thoughts online for almost a year.

But, I did not stop writing.

I oftentimes would find myself writing multiple pages of material just to exit the page without saving. I can’t tell you how good it felt to write down my thoughts knowing that only God would know and remember them.

So why did I stop posting? Well, I want to be clear, there was no scandal that rocked my world. No moral failure. No deep tragedy that I was dealing with. In fact, quite the opposite.

In May, my son was born. Just typing that sentence out brings water to my eyes.

God is so good.

I cannot express just how good God is and how worthy He is of any and all praise that we can offer. If you know me or have been following my writings for any time you are aware that my wife and I were in the process of adoption for what seemed, to us, forever. If you want to read a few posts on that topic check these out…

But God, in His infinite wisdom, used that time to teach us lessons and to grow us in ways we never would have fathomed. I am incredibly excited to share with you all a few of those lessons and thoughts in the future.

As life-altering as the birth of my son was, it wasn’t the main reason why I stopped posting. Yes, he did play a role, and these last 8 months have been spent trying to figure out how to be the kind of dad that God has called me to be. But it would be unfair to “blame” my absence from the blogging world on the little dude.

The main reason why I stopped blogging for a while was I wanted to make sure that I wasn’t just simply adding to the noise. You see, in today’s world, we are inundated with information, stories, and opinions. It seems like everyone can claim to be an expert about anything, and if they have an internet connection, they can tell the world. Facts go unchecked and mere opinions rule the day.

I didn’t want that to be me.

The whole reason I started this blog in the first place was to help remind us that we can take everyday topics and events and look at them from a biblical perspective. (What’s In A Name) It is from the Christ-centered worldview that we should interpret both the mundane as well as the spectacular things that take place each and every day.

And so I stopped.

I stopped because I was slowly approaching an area that I did not want to walk into. I was slowly walking towards caring about approval from people rather than from God. I was beginning to care more about how many people read my content more than the content itself.

I was beginning to become noise. If not to others, then at least to myself.

I needed to refocus. I needed to ask God to change me. I needed to be sure that I was writing with the right motivations. And I needed to make sure that I wasn’t simply adding to the noise with my own opinions.

But, as I said, I’m back. I am sharing my writing again because after months of evaluation, prayer, and reflection I know that God has put things on my heart to share. My commitment is to make His Name great and to talk about His Word, His heart, and His thoughts.

I look forward to posting about trusting Jesus and the power of prayer. I am excited to have “Sidebars” about traveling, cross-cultural experiences, mission trips, milestones, baby vomit, coffee, and the lifechanging experience of wearing socks with sandals.

Stay tuned.