I was chatting to some friends who are also doing the B2Y last week. They mentioned that they were not really “blog people” and the idea of reading a blog or posting replies on a blog was pretty alien to them. It’s just not how they interact with people usually.
I’d like to reiterate that it’s absolutely fine not to read or participate in the B2Y blog discussions. I really appreciate when people DO, but I’m not offended if they don’t. So if it works for you, use it.
One thing that I would say, though, is that if you spend a lot of time on the internet, or reading the paper, watching TV, reading books etc.. it’s worth thinking about the influence that will have on your outlook on life. Remember that we are called not just to be culture sponges, taking our shape from the fallen world around us, but that we are to till the spiritual soil in our lives to allow God’s spirit to produce a good harvest. Therefore it is our responsibility to look at our lives and ask ourselves what is influencing our thinking, our words and actions. We must take practical steps to bring before our eyes “whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” (Phil 4:8)
The B2Y blog is a practical way of reminding ourselves about the scriptures we have been reading that day, or that week. If you don’t read it because it doesn’t help in that way, no problem. But make sure that you have things which remind you of scripture, because when we keep God’s words front and centre, we allow ourselves to be influenced by the most powerful, life-giving communication we will ever know.
And finally, remember that we should not think to take these practical steps without prayer that invites God to make use of these efforts. It is God who effects transformation, and his ultimate purpose is that these things bring us into deeper communion with Him. So invite the Spirit to move in power as you take practical steps in faith.