Life as a 140 Character Christian

#ThrowbackThursday — This was the first post on this blog, Feb. 26, 2010.

Trying to decide what to pack for a trip can be a difficult task. It’s a strange act of anticipating what you might need with what is necessary for the journey. We intuitively know it’s better to pack less, yet we usually bring along more than we need.

The same is true of life. Often we pack too much into our lives – things that can make our journey more difficult and harder to travel. Sometimes this excess baggage weighs us down so much that we are no longer able to move forward. We’re stuck in the same spot, paralyzed and unable to move because of the burden.

So how do you know what to pack for your life journey? How do you know what to leave behind and what to carry with you? The ultimate measuring stick is what will be left behind when we die and what we will take with us into eternity. As Hebrews 12:1 so eloquently says, “Therefore since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily hinders our progress. And let us run with endurance the race that God has set before us. (NLT)

Knowing what to pack for life requires us to remain focused on Christ. As Hebrews 12:2 goes on to say, “We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, on whom our faith depends from start to finish…” While our fast-paced lifestyle with its 140 character* text messages can make that difficult, it can also serve as a model. To write a 140 character message, you have to edit it so only the essential elements of the message remain. Imagine if our lives were edited down so that only the message of Jesus Christ is conveyed clearly to others.

That is the basis for this blog, to explore how to unpack our lives to become a 140 Character Christian. To live a life that is edited down so that only the core message of the gospel of Jesus Christ is communicated to those around us. The journey is about how we pack more of Jesus into our lives and leave behind “the sin that so easily hinders our progress.”

*Editor’s note: The limitations of the 140 character count have disappeared since this blog was started in 2010.

© 2010 CGThelen

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