Blogging for the Lord (Colossians 3:23-24)

"Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ" - Colossians 3:23-24

How about "as for the Lord and not for yourself?" Although as I'm thinking that I'm also realizing the thing I have in mind is something I suppose is for men... as well as for me. Basically my life is like this... I begin to write. I love to write. I write because I want to write and because I want to develop my writing voice. I want to become a better writer. So I start to write. I find I can write things that I hope are pleasing to the Lord, things that edify me and teach me as I try to teach...

I love to write so I keep writing. Pretty soon people are reading what I write. Not tons of people, but nonetheless there are people out there (about 40/day) that read what I write. Suddenly I get a big head. Ohmygosh! People like reading what I write? People like reading what I write! And then all of sudden its not about pleasing God or even doing what I love to do, its about writing for people. Or rather, I write because people read.

This isn't necessarily inherently sinful. It just creeps into my every corner. I create a forum because I think I can benefit from it, I think it can glorify the Lord. Then I start to think about how much more traffic I'm going to get because the forum is attached to my blog.

Lame.

I want to do things as for the Lord. It's just so hard to keep my priorities straight. I want to get my inheritance from Him! Not ya'll (no offense). I want to serve the Lord Christ.

Finally, I want to mention that I think the Lord seems to have an unusual amount of grace for this sort of thing. He seems to allow us to do some things for the wrong reasons as longs as their the right things, and then later brings us around. I'm glad he's gracious.