[balance: showing off vs. keeping a secret]

Zee Gimon

I am Zee. I call myself the Observer because that's what I find myself doing most of the time - observe life and people around me. My blog is a Pensieve, similar to that of Dumbledore, used to keep the thoughts and random ideas that visit my brain.

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  • I can somewhat relate to this post. I often times do not say things in meetings or groups even though what I have to say is good. I don't know if I think I sound holier than thou, but I think what I have to say is stupid. Later on though, I realize it was not stupid at all. I know one time we had a disagreement in a Bible study because one lady said it was totally ok to watch rated R movies. I wasn't trying to be legalistic, but I said "where does the verse about only thinking about what is pure, what is good, and holy come into play then?" I just wanted her to think about that because apparently she only watched Rated R movies. She stopped talking then kind of got upset at me. I wasn't trying to be holier than thou, but apparently I came across that way. Maybe she went home and thought about it. I don't know. (Please don't hear me say that movies are bad. I just was proving a point that we need to think about what the Bible says about things, not just what we want to do all the time). Anyway, so I can relate with you. Most of the time I do not speak up for fear of what I say coming across the wrong way or I will sound like an idiot or be wrong.

    • i hear ya… it's tough sometimes to choose between keeping good relationships and sticking with the truth.

      (and ain't it weird how often we re-think our past actions and think "hmmm, i should've said that" or "shouldn't have said that" or "should've done that"….)

  • This even happens as the "top" leader – as a pastor, it is a constant struggle to lead and preach without presenting myself as "better" of "more together" than the folks I minister with – many of whom make me look like a spiritual baby. It is healthy to have this self-check, so don't try to suppress it. But you should speak with someone you consider a spiritual mentor about your gifting to explore how to use it well.

  • thanks for the advice, Herb.

    yeah, i don't think the pastors are exempt from this problem. if anything, they might be under even a bigger pressure because they HAVE to set the example for people to follow but at the same time try not to show off the faith, but remain true to the image God's got of us.

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