However, I also have come to realize how much of an impact all this blogginess can actually have in my life. While I may not know, personally, some of these folks, I've allowed them to influence my thoughts, my passions, even some of my decisions. I would say 95% of this is all positive. I've learned TONS about meal planning, simplifying, decorating and parenting. I've been encouraged by ministers, moms and make-overs.
But, I have realized of late, I've also taken some of the 'greatness' that we see in blogland and begin to compare. I compare my home, my style, my ministry, my meals. I see what others have/do/are, and little seeds of envy, jealousy and covetousness start to grow in my heart. So what's a blog-lover to do?
And, if I may be so bold, I would encourage you to do the same. Cut out blogs that are just time-suckers for you. Delete the ones that make you envious of things you can't have, or tell you that you aren't good enough. Remove the idealistic-but-never-attainable. Keep the ones that make you laugh; savor the ones that prompt you to think of all the blessings you have to be thankful for. Definitely hang on to the ones that are making you better at what you do...be it household manager or CEO. I am reminded of a verse, (yes, clearly taken out of context, as it was not addressing blogging in Thessalonians), but the concept still applies,
But test and prove all things [until you can recognize] what is good; [to that] hold fast. Abstain from evil [shrink from it and keep aloof from it] in whatever form or whatever kind it may be. ~1 Thess. 5:21-22, Amplified BibleLastly, one final thought...a line from a song. I want to use it to say, if THIS blog annoys you, wastes your time, or frustrates you...get rid of it. I hope you don't...I kinda like the thought that someone is reading what I write, but at the same time, it's more important to have a healthy blog diet. I love this song by Switchfoot, and it's message. Listen to the whole thing...but take this line as my personal sentiment to you...
"If we're adding to the noise...turn off this song."