If you look to the right column on my blog, maybe scroll down a bit, you’ll see a bunch of random words jumbled up. Those are “tags.” Bloggers tag posts by choosing words that people might use when searching the Internet or their blog to see posts about that topic. So, if you want to see all the posts I’ve tagged about “parenting,” click on that tag and you’ll see a list of those posts.
Some of the words listed there are larger than others – that’s because the more I’ve used that word as a tag, the larger it appears in the list. I’ve used “parenting” quite a bit and “daughters.” I’ve evidently used “God” and “Jesus” a bunch because they’re the biggest words in the list.
I was thinking one day as I looked at them that in a way the way we live our lives broadcasts a list of tags: values, people, stuff, issues, emotions and more that are going through our minds and coming out in our choices. What are your biggest tags? “Stress?” “Sports Are My Life?” “Financial Worry?” “Struggling Marriage?” “Faith?” “Being self-centered?” “Ice Cream?” “Hair-pulling Parenthood?” “Partying?” “Secret porn addiction?” “Love?” “Just want to have fun?”
The more we think about something, take in messages about it through the stuff we read, watch, listen to and participate in, the more it gets broadcast through our lives to other people. They can see by watching us what consumes us, what drives us, what takes up most of our hearts.
I hope that God will help me filter the barrage of “stuff” coming in from the world around me (and from within my selfish self) and so fill me with His Spirit and love that my biggest tags – the ones people notice most – are all about Him.
(The apostle Paul wrote) “…we have not stopped praying for you since we first heard about you. We ask God to give you complete knowledge of his will and to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding. Then the way you live will always honor and please the Lord, and your lives will produce every kind of good fruit. All the while, you will grow as you learn to know God better and better.” Colossians 1:9-10 NLT