sharing the right things???

“It is a lesson we all need—to let alone the things that do not concern us.
He has other ways for others to follow Him; all do not go by the same path.
It is for each of us to learn the path by which He requires us to follow Him,
and to follow Him in that path.”

St. Katharine Drexel


(the sun, clouds and sky / Julie Cook / 2021)

Time may one day be back on my side…
and so with no further ado, while I try my best to
jump back on this blog train….
let’s get on with the meat and potatoes…the substance and sustenance
of what really matters.

Picture the hobo train jumper running alongside a moving train full
of open boxcars…
He’s running as fast as he can in order to keep up with the
rapidly accelerating train…his outstretched arm straining to grab hold of a
hand rail that is just out of reach.
Does he dare leap, hoping to grab hold while pulling himself up into the open car
or does he slow his pace and let the train move on without him??

The risk?

Getting crushed and run over or missing the train???
Which is the greater loss??

I’m the train hopper, straining to grab hold—still running to
stay up with the moving train….that moving train is life itself!
And it will not be slowing down and it will not wait on us.

So I’m taking the chance, I’m leaping.
The hour is dire.
We need to speak up and out during these scary and very dark days.

As I was getting all my little computer ‘windows’ open, ready to start a post,
I was pulling up my email…and while doing so, I was quickly scanning the Yahoo
cover page of “news” snippets…a wealth of the headlines and the ‘dead’lines.

And suddenly one word came into clear focus in my brain…SHARING

The entire notion of sharing…

Sharing is caring right???
Isn’t that what we tell kids??

But is it???
Is it caring or is it careless??

One look at any electronic outlet (FB, Twitter, Instagram, Pintrest, etc)
and it’s clear as rain, sharing is the name of the game.
That whole notion of TMI (too much information) has gone out the window.
Folks now want to air all sorts of laundry…the good, the bad and the ugly.
Boasting and Bragging
Shaming and degrading.

And so what is the benefit of such mindless, idol sharing?

The majority of what is being shared is more sordid, vile, foul, gossipy
false and inflammatory rather than it could ever be edifying, gracious and glorious.

There is so much we, the followers of Christ, need to be sharing throughout these most
precarious days as time is of the essence.

So let’s ask ourselves…are we sharing that which is truly worth chasing
a moving train over or is is more dribble than substance??

“Now there’s no one who approaches God with a true and upright heart who isn’t
tested by hardships and temptations.
So in all these temptations see to it that even if you feel them,
you don’t consent to them.
Instead, bear them patiently and calmly with humility and long-suffering.”

St. Albert the Great, p. 164
An Excerpt From
Manual for Spiritual Warfare

9 comments on “sharing the right things???

  1. Reblogged this on Talmidimblogging and commented:
    So true SC, your GW. Hugs 🙂

  2. Tricia says:

    Completely agree Julie, there is way to much sharing of things that are best left private. I took myself off Facebook last month partly because of that (mostly because of the intense hatred these platforms spread) and it’s been comical watching my own internal struggle with not posting pictures every time I see something interesting or pretty. It’s like, is it really real if it’s not on media?

    And yes, there are much more important and higher minded things we should be discussing and sharing our thoughts on. Lord, give us the courage to do so.

  3. atimetoshare.me says:

    I’m with you, my friend. This is one reason I’m limiting some of my rants for the time being. So often I get hung up on things of which I have no control and am forced to return to the One who has everything in His righteous hands. The internet has become a battlefield of sorts where people are overdoing it in every area. This year has been a time of reflection for me. Still don’t know where I’m going, what I will do tomorrow, how my life will end, but it doesn’t matter. One day at a time.

  4. hatrack4 says:

    I get the analogy, and it seems like I am doing the same thing, but I had an accident in Thailand in 1997, that still bothers me a bit. I stopped a baht bus (a small pickup with benches in the back. I had bought a flashlight and batteries at a department store (necessary for an inspection of parts of the furnace the next day) and decided to ride back to the hotel. I held onto the railing to help step into the truck, then the truck saw a group of passengers (meaning more money) and he sped forward. My instinct was to leap into the truck bed. I ripped my rotator cuff, but not bad enough for surgery. I was on mega doses of Advil for several years and then I got a cortisone shot that worked. I have rarely had problems since. As much Advil as I took each day to function, it is amazing that I have a liver. I get your analogy, but my left shoulder is hurting right now just thinking about it.

  5. Dawn Marie says:

    GREAT point, Julie!! Self-examination should always be called into order before we evangelize – else the evil one use it for his own gain! Hugs & blessings for the reminder!💕

  6. SLIMJIM says:

    May we speak up

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