Why did you choose your career path? Why did you stay when you felt like going? Why did you run when everything within you was shouting you should just stand still? Why do you say yes when in your heart you really what to say no? Why do you do ________(write, craft, sing, blog or whatever your that is)? Can you answer the why? I know Nike coined the phrase just do it. But is just doing it enough?
Simon the sorcerer (see Acts 8:9-23) found himself turning over a new leaf. Like many in Samaria, he believed the good news, was baptized, and began following Philip as he journeyed throughout sharing the gospel. His actions looked like all the other believers. Simon was doing all the right activities that have identified as a Christ follower. But his true heart was exposed when he requested to buy the power to lay hands on people and they receive the Holy Spirit. Perhaps it was desire to live in the glory of his former fame that lead him to make such a rash request. You see he was accustomed to commanded the attention of others through his magic tricks. So maybe just maybe he missed the limelight since now his audience was enthralled with the message of the Kingdom.
I have talked before about a good thing is not always the right thing for us to be doing. It’s rather easy to stay on the course of least resistance—to keep doing a thing because we always have but as I reflected on Simon’s account, I’m reminded that whys really do matter. Alisa at Faith Imagined wrote a refreshingly honest and thought-provoking post, Finding Humility in Blogging, about the why of blogging for a Christian.
The Holy Spirit will wrestle with a blogger until he/she realizes that the blog is a tool used to serve people. Platforms, influence, recognition and advantages can be a side effect of blogging, but the central emphasis of a Christian blog should be to serve others. Only desert writing can provide this insight. –Alisa Hope/Faith Imagined
If you have extra moment, I encourage you read the her post. Do you have your whys cemented in your heart and mind? Have you drifted away from your original reason for doing that particular activity? Even when we discover we’ve drifted off course, all hope is not lost. We can get back on track again. It’s not enough for any of us to just follow the crowd.
What things have you read or heard this week that has resonated with you?