When I started my blog, more than six years ago now, I said my goal was to encourage those like me who are not activists but want to make a difference in the world by providing ideas and links to organizations worthy of support. That’s still my goal.
But as I spent time in my Bible this week, I came to this passage:
“Woe to you lawyers as well! For you weigh men down with burdens hard to bear, while you yourselves will not even touch the burdens with one of your fingers” (Luke 11:46)
It made me wonder if my blog was weighing people down. After all, I toss out lots of ideas of things you can do. I mention lots of charities that need money. But I myself certainly don’t practice them all or give to them all. In fact, I may not practice or give to most of them.
Does that make my blog a mill stone around the neck of readers, dragging them down with guilt? Does it make me a hypocrite who should heed the “woe” because I am not doing them all?
Today in my cryptogram was the following quote from Mother Teresa:
“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.”
That’s what I want my blog to be doing. I want to be throwing skipping stones of ideas into the water of life that create ripples. Ripples that get a cool charity noticed. Ripples that encourage you to try one act of justice or kindness you might not have thought of. Ripples that get you thinking about a topic differently.
So tell me, do you find this blog to be a mill stone or a skipping stone? Is it drowning you or sending out ripples?