For 13 years I have blogged at the Anti-Itch Meditation. That blog title was referencing 2 Timothy 4:3–in the last days they will not endure sound doctrine but will have itching ears. People want to be told what they want to hear.
I made it my ambition to tell people what they didn’t want to hear. I questioned long-held beliefs, commonly said Christian phrases, authors, pastors, Joel Osteen, the Church in general, and anyone else who had an eye I felt needed a finger poked into.
Since this was my approach, I annoyed a lot of people. Annoying people on the internet is fun for a time. Then it just gets old.
There is also the slight chance I may be maturing. Maybe I’m coming to see the value of edification and not just tearing down. It’s possible, but probably not.
I’m mostly just sick of arguing.
I needed to poke people in the eye. It helped me learn. It helped me analyze my previously un-analyzed faith. I poked my own eye a fair amount of the time.
But now I just want to chill. Cut back on the eye-poking. I don’t want to have an overriding purpose of causing problems. I just want to live life and make comments about it. Hopefully be helpful. I wanted to make a fresh start, do something different. Leave off the purpose of telling people what they don’t want to hear.
I’ve learned a lot over the years. I’ve read the Bible many times now and preached through the whole thing. I know more now than ever before, and I know better questions now too. I’m still going to analyze and will, no doubt, find fault with someone along the way. But I also hope to just chill and have some fun.