Check out this 5/12/08 edition of the comic strip Pearls Before Swine. If you don't have time to link over, the basic premise is a housefly lands on a computer keyboard, and before the main character can kill it, it starts a blog. The end frame says "This trend is out of control."
I know how the character feels. In April I decided to start a blog to try and inspire others with true life stories and biblical themes. I also figured writing 3 days a week would improve my writing, and the visibility wouldn't hurt either. Shortly after seeing mine, a friend started her own blog... and then another friend...and then another friend! "Wow, am I a trendsetter or what?" I thought...or was it "This trend is out of control."
These 3 beautiful godly woman are my best friends and my spiritual mentors. All help grow me and teach me at every opportunity I am with them. So what's up with me? My pride. "What if they're better at this than me?" Well, I guess I already feel they are better at so many different things. They're often better moms, better wives, better reflectors of Jesus in their daily lives. So what's a gal to do?
But wait! Wasn't my goal all along to inspire others? And what if for just one moment they did see the light of Jesus shining in me, and are now letting their light shine; all of us creating a beautiful prism. Each different color beautiful, each shining brightly, reflecting and dispersing God's light.
Chris Sligh has the right idea in his song, "Empty Me." (You can click to listen). The lyrics say: "Empty me of the selfishness inside, Every vain ambition and the poison of my pride, And any foolish thing my heart holds to, Lord empty me of me so I can be filled with you. "
It's not a pun to say that I am "full of myself." Isn't that an interesting phrase? Yes, I am full of myself. Lord, empty me of me - so I can be filled with you. Amen.
Philippians 2:3 "Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves."