It really breaks my heart to see bloggers write things that are not true in their own lives. They write way too far ahead of themselves, or sort of make up nice-sounding theoretical things to get reblogged, but it falls apart when you start thinking about it.
I only know this because I personally know a few of these bloggers, and really, it would be so much more sincere to admit we don’t have it together. That we’re not there yet. That we struggle with the stuff that we call out on others. Is it so hard to admit that?
It’s okay to say we suck at this right now. It’s okay to include ourselves in our preachiness. Because without recognizing your failure, you’re leaving a very bad taste in my mouth. I don’t mean to sound cruel; I seriously take no pleasure in it. I say that because I love you and I know you could be so much more than your pedestal.
We are not above the things we write. You cannot ask from others what you’re not attempting yourself first. We’re all getting by on the grace of God here.
Please don’t say “Confront each other” if you can’t handle rebuke yet.
Please don’t say “Love each other” without acknowledging you’re not good at it either.
Please don’t give “spiritual tips” that aren’t field-tested and life-approved. It’s cool to say you just don’t know.
This is not to look humble in reverse. This is to say we’re in the same boat and that I am working on this the same as you are. A beautiful thing happens when we meet in our brokenness and get to eye-level — a sort of dance that invites others instead of flaunting a desperate perfection.
It’s also not just enough to be honest and stay there. It doesn’t do any good to tell a man you’re robbing his house tonight. Change is a process, but that means there is a process. It means we can start today, where we are, this moment. But it begins with honesty.
God has grace for us on this, even for the times that we don’t.