I’ve got a little bit of a case of writer’s block. Nothing in particular really comes to mind, but I know that I’m having a hard time quieting my mind.
It’s hard to focus on small little events and stories because there just seems to be so much noise around. We’ve got political conventions and constant commentary on social media. It’s the beginning of a school year and trying to make sure nothing is forgotten.
Normally, when I have writer’s block, I’ll just crank out a little brain dump and list a few self-depricating things and toss in a little bit of mom snark and… there’s a blog post. Ta-da!
But this has been convicting me lately. I know, for a fact, that a couple of those little “mom snark” posts have hurt people. While that is never my intention, I can say that it is true that I wasn’t even thinking about the possibility of hurting someone. I wasn’t considering others at all.
It’s probably someone who just pops by my blog every so often and doesn’t know me all that well, but it still happens.
A few weeks ago, our pastor spoke from James 3, and taming the tongue. And when he also talked about “taming the tweet” and “taming the blog post” or “taming the Facebook update,” I was frozen.
How many times do I just throw words out there like they don’t matter? Just throwing words out there to have something to say, so people can hear me?
He spoke about how each word should be carefully considered because, written or spoken, our words are lasting. They leave an impression on everyone who hears them or reads them.
And if I write a blog post to joke about the “adventures in motherhood,” I know that my words don’t come from a mean-spirited place. But that doesn’t mean that it didn’t hurt someone who is reading it who desperately longs to be a mother.
I’ve been so convicted by his message, and still find myself just spewing words out there that could be hurtful. And, I know, I’m human. We all struggle with this. With the political comments, the mommy wars, and even SEC football, there’s always something or someone to critique.
But the constant “noise” of social media– having the access to hundreds, thousands of voices at one time through various outlets and apps– is not only noisy, but can be destructive.
I want my words to give life and encouragement. I don’t want to unintentionally hurt. Goodness, I don’t want to intentionally hurt either.
So this is something I’m working on. I have to constantly remind myself to watch it. To step back and think before I speak or write.
Is this something you struggle with, too?
9 With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. 10 Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be. 11 Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? 12 My brothers and sisters, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water.
*If anyone is interested in hearing the sermon I mentioned, just click here where you can watch or listen.