If you were to hack into my blog account you would find an arsenal of blog posts that didn’t make the cut. I don’t blog often, but I do try to post at least once or twice a week to keep our church posted and to act as a form of journal for myself. However, many weeks I write much more than gets posted, simply because I filter…a lot!
There are topics in the church world that absolutely drive me nuts so I sit down and pound out my own opinions in these areas. Sometimes someone in our church will be a bonehead and cause me to think about writing something. And other times I go on a rant as if I am a self-proclaimed expert and the world at large is interested in my opinions. Then logic prevails, self-control takes over, and instead of hitting the “publish” button, I simply hit the “save draft” button. I feel better after taking out all that anger and frustration on my keyboard (those poor little keys…), and often realize what a pompous, sin-filled person I am on my own without the Holy Spirit kicking my tail back into line!
I’ve found the same to be true of emails. Many times I have fired off a response to someone via email, only to hit “save” instead of “send” and it no doubt saved me from a world of trouble!
I believe this is a modern-day example of what Ephesians 4:29 means when it says, “Let NO unwholesome talk come out of your mouths!” Period! No excuses! Even when your in-laws drive you crazy, your coworkers lose their minds, or someone disagrees with an opinion you expressed in a tweet or a blog. PERIOD! Don’t write that email, don’t post that ambiguous status update, and step away from the blog. Maybe it’s not when anger or frustration motivate you, but pride kicks in and convinces you to tell the world how great you are at preaching, leading, being a dad, or whatever it is you do. It isn’t wholesome talk that helps anyone.
Confess those thoughts to God. Use a blog to do it. Write an email. But please, do yourself a favor and filter it. I promise that you’ll be glad you did!