We have been going through the book of James in family Bible time. Today, we were in the end of chapter 3.
Who [is] a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom. But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, [and] easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace. James 3:13, 17-18
As we were discussing it, I was thinking of a blog post I wrote yesterday. It was in draft mode (unpublished) but I was going to post it today. I always avoid strong political positions on this blog, but the content of that blog post is a scathing discussion of the state of politics in the US in general. It was based on last week’s Republican convention, Clint Eastwood, and other speeches I caught.
But while reading James, that phrase “meekness of wisdom” caught my attention. If you are like me, you know a lot of meek people and you know a lot of smart people. But you can probably count on a few fingers the number of smart AND meek people. Those people are even more rare in the blogosphere.
My goal in writing is to be effective in influencing. Writing is not supposed to be about venting and blowing off steam. If it becomes that, you may feel better but you won’t be influencing anyone. People may read you but only for two reasons: either they already agree with you or they want to laugh at you.
As James says in this passage, the combination of knowledge and meekness (restraint) is a fruit of righteousness. It should be a goal for all of us. And it is the only way you can be really effective as a writer.
That is why the Draft status is so important for a blogger. Sleep on some of those posts before you publish them. The best blogging decisions I have made involved deciding not to publish posts that seemed like a great idea when I originally wrote them.