Grandma Goes a-Bloggin’

Why blog?  Who reads blogs anyway?  Who cares about my personal thoughts?  These are questions I asked when folks suggested I begin blogging.  Finally, this reluctant granny abandoned the stone age of diary and letter writing ( which I was never any good at)  for a slice of the “new” social media.  Being a person who wants friends and foes alike to enjoy whatever she enjoys, I’ve discovered blogging can be therapeutic as well as a Christian outreach, especially for those owho might have little opportunity to connect with life outside your home.  Through this media your witness can go ’round the world, or at the very least, touch the lives of those who care about you.

1. You ask, “What do I have worth saying?”  Your thoughts are precious to God and to those who love you..   While you may prefer to chat face-to-face, we live in a fast-paced world.  Blogging can be an avenue for family members to use to keep in touch.  A blog defies the clock.  You can write a blog at 6 a.m.  A person can “tune in” to your blog at 2 a.m. the next morning or 11 p.m. that night.

2.  You say, “If you knew what I”m going through…”  God know but He still wants you to tell Him about it.  Try writing blog letters to God.   As His children, our challenge is to find redemption in the trials we are going through.  By sharing I can help someone else get through a similar situation.  Merely reciting your complaints–whining or griping– can become a pity party which no one wants to hear, nor do you glorify God.  But if you can reveal how His grace works through your weaknesses, if you can give thanks for your experiences, that’s a Christian witness.  Check out King David’s Psalms.  He was pretty honest about his problems and his feelings.

3.  You say, “My life is boring!”  Most lives are. IF one’s blogs are nothing more than a daily activity report, the author is either bragging or bored.  Remember that the event being described is less important than the lesson learned.  Share the lesson.

4.  “No one cares to hear about my past.”  Yes, they do.  Your memories are invaluable to your descendants even if they don’t yet realize it.  The older I get the more interested I am in my ancestry.  Just watch a few episodes of WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE and you’ll find yourself checking out Ancestry.com for information about your heritage.  (I wish I’d urged my own mother to share more stories of her life. And my dad, I hardly knew him at all.)  Scalawags or scoundrels; princes or presidents; everyone has characters in his/her past worth uncovering.  It is only as each generation shares events and thoughts that the next generation can better understand who they are.  For instance, I am related to former presidents and revolutionaries.  Richard’s grandfather owned a large chunk of Manhattan.  He dined with Thomas A. Dewey.  Interesting?  Absolutely.  And worth passing on to our grandsons.

5. Share your insights into a favorite Bible text.  No soapboxes allowed.  Don’t try to “convert” your reader to your peculiar cause.   Just share.

6. Share your bucket list… we all have ‘em, a list of things we would love to do or accomplish before we die.  Maybe something on your list will touch a reader’s heart.

Two cautionary notes:  Never give out personal data (home address, phone number, Social Security number, bank number, passwords, etc.) and KISS–Keep It Short Sweetie, somewhere between 100 and 600 words.  Much longer and you lose your audience.

As the old hymn says, “If I can help somebody as I pass along; if I can cheer somebody with a word or song…than my living will not be in vain.”  Your on-stage singing days may be over, your door-to-dor evangelism may be a thing of the past, but your witness can be stronger today than ever.  So go, grandma, go!  No more vegetating on the sofa, grandpa.  Stop excusing yourself for limited mobility.  God has a job for you to do.  Get on-line; glorify your Father!

 

 

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