Today is the Feast of St. John the Baptist. The above is an icon of him, I wish I could say it is one of mine, but I am not that good…. which is totally what icon writing is NOT supposed to be about – pride. Everything in an icon has meaning or direction. You see both of his earlobes, because he listened to the voice of God. And he did not change to suit the people around him. He died because he would not back down. He was beheaded.
I thought long and hard as I read about him this morning. I say things like “choose a battle you can win,” “this is not a hill I want to die on,” etc. Does the fact that you can’t “win” a battle mean that you shouldn’t fight it? I have always thought so, but I fear my thought has been wrong.
How serious am I about doing God’s will? That is a question I need to ask myself, and then be willing to take action on. Am I willing when it makes me unpopular? Am I willing to write things here that will have me lose readers?
Is a blogger some kind of two-bit prophet? People read this, do I take that as a responsibility? Or as an indulgence? Do I pander to my audience or say real things?
These are the questions I am asking myself this morning.
Perhaps a touch too serious this morning?
A voice cries: “in the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low; the uneven ground shall become level, and the rough places a plain. And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together, for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.” – Isaiah 40:3-5