"Do not allow yourself to ruin a beautiful moment by seeing it primarily as an opportunity to share it with strangers."If you're not reading Tim Challies, you're the poorer for it.
Regular readers of my (irregular) posts will know about the complex relationship I have with social media. So it's not a surprise that I'm reluctant to freely share blogs I read, websites I haunt, or columnists I never miss. It's an easy way to try to elevate yourself, cobbling together this imaginary person that we all create for public display.
I read blindingly smart/funny/supercool people, and so I must be pretty darn smart/funny/way cool myself. That's what we're saying, right? You'll find no 375 link blogrolls on our sidebar. NTTAWWT.
But I'll make an exception about sharing Challies. Years and years ago, he started a little website to easily share family pictures and whatnot. He then took to the idea of trying to blog every single day, for an entire year. And he never really stopped.
I guess it helps a little when you're unbelievably gifted, though. That little family blog became one of the most influential websites in the Christian world.
I have many theological quibbles and differences with him (he's deeply Calvinist, and I'm deeply, uh, not), but this dude is the best I've read at reconciling technology/modern living with Christianity since Gene Veith. Probably better.
His writing is also incredibly focused on living out faith in every area - and I mean every area - of life. Your money, who you invite for dinner, how you view sex, what you say online, what you choose to wear. And that's not only refreshing, it's challenging. And sometimes just plain scary. That's why I keep reading.
Link below. Enjoy.
Challies.com - When You Are A Hammer