ENTRY: Let’s be Honest…

 Entered by Sarah Nicholson. 

Recently I treated myself to a beautiful new journal with quotations on every page, inspirational Bible verses and encouraging sayings by famous people. The other day as I wrote my diary I turned over and found this…

“Society needs people who…know how to be compassionate and honest… emotional… [and] affectional. You can’t run society on data and computers alone.” Alvin Toffler

Toffler is “known for his works discussing the digital revolution” according to Wikipedia so it must be true!

It sort of fitted with the vague thoughts floating around my head. Was it God’s timing that I had found the perfect pithy quote to use in my “Christian Writing in a Digital Age” blog post?

Toffler’s name wasn’t new to me; he was quoted once in a lecture when I did my degree. Just some off the cuff comment really that has always stuck in my brain.

A little post it note from God, something I should remember.

The word that jumps out at me from the quote is “honest”.

After all there is a seedy side to this digital revolution, quite rightly we teach our kids to be aware of internet dangers while we too navigate an ever changing landscape.

It can be all too easy to hide behind a façade on social media sites, inventing new personas to mask our real selves and sometimes our intentions.

However I have found the opposite to be true, for me it far easier to completely bare my soul. Somehow I can say things online that I wouldn’t be brave enough to in a face to face situation. This is most noticeable when I write about my Christian beliefs.

My husband died in 2010 and I started a blog. There is no point to my writing if I don’t truthfully express exactly how I feel, but where does that leave my faith? It is an intrinsic part of who I am.

Miraculously it grew through the tragedy rather than diminished so I naturally write about that too. Not just how wonderful God is but the doubts that I also experience – real honest emotional messy faith.

If people don’t like my Christian blog posts they don’t have to read them, you are only ever one click away from something else. Although recently I have noticed from my blog stats that my more blatant faith posts are getting the most views and best feedback.

Only God fully knows what kind of an impact my writing has on other people. I can’t confess to praying earnestly before I add my words to the World Wide Web but deep down I trust that God will use them and perhaps one day someone will be quoting me!

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Lucy is a writer and editor based in the UK. She is author of Forgetful Heart: Remembering God in a Distracted World (2014) and Undivided Heart: Finding Meaning and Motivation in Christ (coming 2017) - both published by DLT books.

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