I have had this blog for years… And I’ve kept it pretty low key not promoting it despite any organic traffic that may have stumbled across it, or SEO that may or may not have occurred. I struggle to find a sense of balance in sharing my own life with others. Do you experience the same?
You see, by day my life is out there. Everything I do is on the record. Working in PR I always wear that hat… whether at work, at the grocery store or at the gym… And I don’t want it any other way. Believe me, I count my blessings daily to be able to do what I love for my career! But sometimes I do find it hard to live a public private life. You know, to take off the PR face?
I have learned in the last year more than ever that it is ok to let people into my life, though. To expand my close network a bit. They don’t have to be great friends (although they can be!), but to really think about what others may be going through and how I might make a difference in their lives… and them in mine! This life was not meant to live alone, or even in isolation that can result from chronic busyness.
As we have been studying through Acts at church, I have come to better understand that Jesus’ expectation of us as Christians is to live our lives with others. And mostly I have learned this by other people living it out. Seeing people loving others. Sharing each others’ burdens. Caring for one another. Stepping in for others when they can’t do for themselves. And in order to do that, I can not live in seclusion.
So, in making disciples we have to be out there. We have to let others in. Have the hard conversations. Love when we don’t want to. Let others “see us without makeup” as I say. It’s ok! We cannot maintain our flawless public persona at all times, when we are genuinely digging into life with others. If in fact our life’s mission is to be Christlike and not just wear the label then the Holy Spirit must rule our hearts and lives at home, in the workplace, in the public square… everywhere. And that is hard, folks. It isn’t my norm. But then again I am not called to a normal, comfortable life.
Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it. What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit their very self? Luke 9: 23-25