Friday, January 14, 2011

Honesty v. Humility: how much should a Christian share?

Yes, we need to share our stories. I believe it, believe it in my bones. But at what point does sharing become oversharing? At what point does sharing = pride?

Last Sunday, I posted about a personal experience that showed me how costly love can be. And then I read Matthew 6 this morning--you know, Jesus' instruction on "not practicing your righteousness before other people to be seen by them." And it made me second-guess my blog post, honestly. It made me squirm. It made me feel like I was parading my "righteousness" in front of you.

But that wasn't my intent. My heart's cry was that all of us would learn to "be moved to compassion" for the broken; that we would take Scripture seriously and go outside of our comfort zones to love sacrificially and often. God knows my heart, and He knows yours. He knows our motives and discerns our intentions. Even better than we do. And for that I praise Him. And as I praise Him, I get down on my knees and ask: what do you want others to know through my story? What I can share that will enhance Your reputation, Father?

So let's hear from you. How much of your story should others hear through your blog or ministry? What is off-limits? What is appropriate to share for the growth and encouragement of others--even if it makes you uncomfortable? Do tell.


  1. Oooh. Yikes.

    Well, I didn't take that post in a boasting sense. In fact, I saw it as a little reality check as I'm about to begin interning at a recovery facility... a reminder that people aren't always ready, and we can't take that as an indication of personal failure.

    I do battle with my pride too, but I guess my bigger issue is trying to find the right balance between privacy and oversharing.

  2. Hi Pam: In the interest of honesty, I've deleted 3-4 posts in the past before because I started second-guessing myself. Another concern I have is that I'm developing and tending to real, in-person relationships, rather than living a virtual existence. Let's keep dialoguing...I"d love to hear about the internship at the recovery facility when it happens.