Blogging Thoughts

About a eighteen months ago, I really started focusing on my website and this thing called blogging. There were times that I was all in and there were times where I struggled to stay focused.

Blogging is work, it is hard work sometimes. Writing, putting out good, quality content isn’t always easy. Than on top of that, if you want to be successful, you have to put out a lot of content.

Sometimes, when I tell people that I have a blog they say ‘Oh that’s cool’ but their look says ‘Oh sounds stupid and a waste of time.’ I have learned to ignore them and keep moving on.

There are others, that when I tell them, encourage me and tell me to keep writing and putting out content. For those, I am thankful!

I have one friend who is a game streamer and has channels on YouTube and Twitch that encourages me, motivates me, pushes me to do more and work harder. Sometimes I think to myself that, that is easy for him to say because he has no wife, no kids and his job is what he loves and enjoys doing! But than I look at him and realize that he has put in work to get to where he is at and that it didn’t happen overnight. He is loving what he is doing!

A few weeks ago at camp, I spent quite a bit of time with some of the other counsellors, who happen to be good friends. One is the pastor of a church down in Alabama, one is the youth pastor at the church I attend and the other is also on staff at the same church. Each one of these young men (and I say that as two of them are my age and I consider myself young) are totally loving and enjoying their life and what they are doing.

I started this blog as a way to put some of my thoughts down and just put good stuff out there, especially on social media. Social media is a dangerous place for anyone. There is all kinds of things that we shouldn’t partake in that are now so prevalent on social media. Social media isn’t going away any time soon. If it isn’t one platform that’s popular, it is another. Since there is so much bad on social media, I want to put some good out there on social media.

My first attempt at blogging was under the name Church Pew Motivation. I put a few blogs on that site and I let it sit, I didn’t do much with it. I came across WordPress and decided to start again. When I was thinking of a name for this site, I kept thinking about my life verse, I Timothy 1:12. In this verse there is a phrase that says, “…for that he counted me faithful…” Paul was counted faithful by Christ, therefore he was placed in the ministry. As a Christian, I too want to be counted faithful by Christ. I want Christ to look at me one day and say “Well done, thou good and faithful servant.” From that thought, that verse, that motivation I found in that verse came the title of the site, Counted Faithful.

I always dream of what my site can do and achieve and the reach that it COULD have. I have big dreams but does my work equal my dreams? If I were to answer honestly, I would have to say no. I do put in work, but I am only getting out what I put in. When I think of dreams and what it takes to accomplish them and make them reality, I think of a verse from the Bible. “For a dream cometh through a multitude of business; and a fool’s voice is known by multitude of words.” Ecclesiastes 5:3 Even the Bible tells us that a dream is only accomplished by much business or work.

Last month was the best month that I have had on my site. The success that I had didn’t come from sitting and doing nothing, it came from working and putting in time and putting in effort to make it happen. I keep telling myself that there is nowhere to go from here but up!

My biggest problem with achieving and accomplishing my dream is myself. I have all the tools necessary to do something great, I just haven’t been putting any of those tools to use. I don’t want to do or be something great just to make a name for myself, I want everything I do to uplift and glorify God and to encourage and inspire Christians to live a successful Christian life.

As I have journeyed along this quest of blogging, I have learned a few things…

  • First, I have learned that the easiest way of accomplishing something is just to do it. You aren’t ever going to accomplish anything if you sit there and do nothing. You have to start somewhere at sometime to get to where you want to get to. I thought blogging was easy before I started, but now I know that it takes a lot of work and the best way to blog is to just start and to do it.
  • Second, I have learned that you need to surround yourself with people who push you to do more. Like I mentioned above, I have one friend who is always pushing me to do more than I have done. If we surround ourselves with people who are complacent with where they are at, soon we will become like them and never go anywhere.
  • Third, I learned to always have a goal. It is always easier to accomplish something if you know what you’re aiming at. Each month, I set a goal in whether its views or visitors or posts that I put out, it gives me something to work towards.
  • Fourth, I learned that if you don’t hit your goal, to get back up and try again. Thirty-two teams start a football season, only one is left standing at the end. What happens the next year, the same thirty-two teams try again to win that championship. If I fail to hit a goal that I set, I just have to try again and again and again until I hit it.
  • Lastly, I have learned that even though it isn’t easy, stick at it because this is something that I love doing. I have enjoyed every bit of writing blogs and posting content. Sometimes it is hard, sometimes it does take some extra effort to get content out. But what do they say, If you love what you do, you will never work a day in your life. That is where I want to be one day!

Thanks for reading, liking, and leaving comments as each one of those things encourages and motivates me to do more!

My Rant About A Rant

This past week, I have seen some social media posts and videos about Christians and Christianity that have rubbed me the wrong way.

Before I speak my mind, I will be the first to tell you that I am not perfect. If you know me, than you know that is the truth! I know I have a long way to go in the Christian life, but it is a journey and I am on that road…even though I have been and still get side tracked a little.

I get tired of hearing everyone else push their agenda and their opinion so I am going to push mine…which I try to line mine up with the Bible.

So this video I saw was a guy talking about how a lady judged him about his tattoos and he spent 6 minutes ranting on Christianity and religion and judging the lady that judged him….and the title of his video was “Don’t Judge A Book By It’s Cover.” I think that is ironic but whatever.

  • The first thing that got me was that he said he was a Christian but he hated Christianity and religion because they were man-made and man run. So you are telling me that you are something you hate? The statement about Christianity and religion being man-made really got me because Christianity isn’t man-made. To become a Christian, you have to have Christ as your Saviour. Once you have Christ as your Saviour, you should live and follow what He teaches throughout the King James Bible, that is Christianity. Religion on the other hand is man-made…anything that replaces or adds to Christ as the one true God is a religion and is made by man.
  • The next thing that got me is the statement about he made about church. He said that the most self-centered people in the world “go to this place called church.” Sounds like he is degrading the church. Now I understand that there all kinds of churches out there, but since I am a Baptist that goes to a Baptist church, I take this personal. Last time I checked Matthew 16:18 was still in the  Bible. This verse says, “And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” Going to church is still important. If Jesus Christ, the author of our Christianity, made it important to go to church that Sunday night of His resurrection, than we should still make it a big deal to go to that place called church!
  • So I had to get this next statement word for word so I can make my point. Here is what he said… “Christians fall into this world cycle where you can’t hang out with this person or you can’t associate with that person because they are not of equal yokes as you are. Or you can’t listen to that music, or you can’t be friends with that homosexual couple over there. Because they are not equal as you in the Christianity standpoint! Now I also understand that if you believe Christianity in the book of the Bible, there are certain things that you cannot support, because of your religion. I get that. But to separate yourself from those people entirely that you claim are the main reason, the main focus of Christianity which is to reach people that do not know God, have never heard the Word of God, or aren’t living the way the Bible says they are supposed to live. How are you going to do that if you consider yourselves better than them and you never associate. You see the Jesus I have a relationship with and the Bible I read teaches a much different message than that” – Graham I know that is a long statement and I tried to get it word for word as he said it…the link to the video is here, but continue to read and come back and watch. Well, the message that my Bible (King James Bible) teaches, is that to not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. “Be ye not unequally yoked with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.” II Corinthians 6:14-15, 17 My Bible teaches not to be yoked with unbelievers. My Bible teaches that if I am trying to live a righteous life, not to fellowship with unrighteousness. My Bible teaches light doesn’t have communion with darkness. My Bible teaches that Christ has no concord with Belial. My Bible teaches what part does have a believer have with an infidel. My Bible teaches to come out from them and separate myself from them and to touch not the unclean thing. You see, we are called to be witnesses of the Gospel to the sinner, that doesn’t mean I have to yoke up with them to win them….that is where you get lifestyle evangelism. I don’t have to associate with the homosexual crowd, the drunk crowd, the high crowd, the lustful crowd, to preach the Gospel to them. So yes, one of the things to being a Christian, to being a follower of Christ, is to be separated, to no be unequally yoked…that is the message my Bible teaches me.
  • He wraps up his video “quoting” John 3:16 and he talks about God’s love. He says that we need to love the way God does and not judge people. I agree, we shouldn’t judge others, because we have to much in our own backyard to be pointing out the trash in someone else’s! Yes, God is love. God loved us so much that He sent His Son to die for us and for our sins. Why did God do this? Because, He hates sin so much that He created a place called Hell for that sin. We forget that God is a just and equal God. As much love as God has, He has hate. As much goodness as God has, He has wrath. So if God can love the sinner and hate the sin, don’t get mad when I try to do the same. We as Christians have lost our hatred for sin, in our quest to love others. If we truly hated sin and how it destroys lives, than we could truly love the sinner and be the witness they need. 

I know some may like this and some may not, but like always, I try to back up my thoughts with the Word of God.

So I will end my rant with this, I will continue going to that place called church and I will continue to follow the message my Bible teaches by not being yoked with the unbeliever and I will do my dead level best to hate sin and love the sinner like God does.

Oh and by the way, the Bible still says, “Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I am the Lord.” Leviticus 19:28 The Merriam-Webster definition of tattoo is an indelible mark or figure fixed upon the body by insertion of pigment under the skin or by production of scars. Notice the word in common between the definition and the verse…the word ‘mark.’ I will let you come to your own conclusion on what God says about tattoos!

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