I follow almost no one on Instagram but I do scroll. And I have observed a category of inspirational people that puzzle me, concern me, something me.
So, there are your straight-up Bible teachers, and I love them so, with queen Beth Moore at the top in my humble opinion. Others like her are out in the world – not just on social media – teaching Scripture and sharing Jesus and living like Jesus and it’s awesome. These are not the ones who puzzle me.
Then there are (for lack of a better word) secular coaches of all kinds – business, relationship, life, zen, parenting, health, financial, etc. They’re helping people live their best lives with manifesting and self-peptalks and imploring the universe to help them. These also don’t puzzle me because they don’t claim to be something other than who they are.
But then there’s this other faction. They either have outright said they are Christian or they super imply it. But their messaging is along the lines of “ships aren’t meant for harbors” and “I get up at 4am to get to the top of the mountain everyday” and “I’m not trying to be relatable” and “I haven’t really had time for church the past couple years because I’m out changing the world” and Easter is about “giving our lives meaning, direction and the opportunity to start over no matter the circumstances” (while scroll one post over and you’re being asked to vote on four bikinis, I kid you not). I could go on, but I won’t.
I am not a Bible teacher.
I am not a secular coach.
I am not that third kind that I don’t know how to label.
I am a girl who loves Jesus and I have been saying that for as long as I’ve been writing.
I am a girl who reads her Bible every morning, a bit more deeply these past few months, but I probably won’t be writing a Bible study anytime soon though I sure hope when you read what I write or hear me in a webcast, you either hear me reference actual Scriptures or speak in a way that lines up with Scripture.
I am a girl who doesn’t believe you can speak out into the universe what you want and the universe will give it to you. But I am a girl who believes you can say anything on your heart and mind to God and because he loves you, he will be listening and will answer in the ways that are best for you.
I am a girl who hopefully will never say things that sound even slightly like you are your own captain or the hero of your own story and all of your life depends on how hard you hustle and that your happiness should be your number one priority.
And I am saying here and now, if I ever veer into any of those things that make you wonder if I’ve even had a conversation with Jesus or opened his word in the past week, you can call me on it.
Be careful what you’re ingesting, sweet ones…(and that includes with me!)…test it all against the Truth…watch what you’re allowing to soak into your heart and mind.
Oh and this I promise you, I will never post a picture of myself in a bikini. You’re welcome.
You can identify them by their fruit, that is, by the way they act. -Matthew 7:16
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Excellent post Elisabeth!
Thank you, Kelly!
I’m right there with you (down to no bikini pics). Just give me Jesus! And I pray that I point others straight to him with my online offerings.
Yes! So true! And I love the word “ingesting” as opposed to just reading or viewing.