Your sixth of seven back massages went down without a hitch.
I’ve been wondering whether some think that a blog like this, by its very nature, cannot be done with pure intentions. Maybe they think that it goes against an appropriate humility. There might be some initial plausibility in what they say. After all, I’ve made this blog public, which means I’m intentionally doing my good deeds before others. But even if it wasn’t public, perhaps cataloging my loving acts, then presenting the finished work to you, necessarily involves some bad motive on my part like an inappropriate desire for recognition.
However, I think that it’s not the nature of the blog that makes the difference, but the nature of my heart. If I’m posting my loving acts here in order that others might think, for example, that I’m some sort of swell guy, then that’s bad (Mt. 6:1). But, if I’m doing so in order that God might be glorified and lives might be changed, then that’s good (Mt. 5:14-16).
I’m not saying my intentions are pure. It’s difficult for me to determine what’s in my heart, so I’m not even sure what my intentions are. But I do pray often that God would use this blog for his glory, not mine.
Thanks, Benny. How kind and brotherly of you to say.
I love your site. I have learned so much from reading your posts. Hope you will continue to write very helpful blog posts.
I agree with you. But I know, for me, it’s helped to see that there are people who do these types of things. It has helped my attitude toward my own marriage.
I feel God has called me to tell my story in order to help others, but it’s something that will make me very vulnerable to those who read it. Though when I do, I know that God will use it for His glory; regardless of my intentions.