Our church’s General Conference was this weekend (a semi-annual worldwide broadcast where the leaders have five two-hour sessions of talks, once every Easter weekend, and once in October), and as usual, it’s gotten me thinking a bit.
One thing that keeps coming to mind is that I should blog a bit on religious topics. I’ve always been extremely hesitant to do so for a variety of reasons. For one, I hate being preached to when I’m not interested in input, and because of that, I tend to go out of my way not to preach to other people who may not want to hear what I have to say. Add to that that I’m extremely tolerant of people’s lifestyles, regardless of what my moral compass tells me how I should live. I’m just open and accepting, but also strictly guard my own personal values, and try not to impose them on others. Still, I get the distinct impression that I should share some my opinions a bit more, so I’m going to do so, but I’ll tread carefully.
Part of the problem is that I have a hard time in social relationships distinguishing between what should be private and what should be public. When it comes to spiritual matters, I consider it all succinctly private, and rarely tell anyone anything. So, it’s going to be a bit hard for me trying to find that middle ground between what I should say and what I shouldn’t. Even writing this post is a bit of a difficult task — I’m never too sure how much information to reveal. Living the gospel and it’s effects are, in my opinion, a highly personal affair.
Another thing I worry about is that I certainly do not want to sound like I’m tooting my own horn. A holier-than-thou attitude annoys me just as I’m sure it does anyone else, and I certainly don’t want to be going off telling people about what I’m doing, as I think it may appear as vanity. I’m also not one for trying to point out where the world is wrong and needs to change. I’m a firm believer in progress, but also practicality. Life changes are gradual, and the only way to gauge how a person is doing is to do a self-examination and honestly ask how you’re doing, and to consult the Lord.
So, that pretty much covers everything I’ll avoid doing — blatant finger-pointing, yelling, criticizing, grandstanding and terrifying the masses … but I still don’t have a clue what I am gonna share. Probably my opinion in mild form, some small personal examples, and my beliefs.
Yah. I have no idea what’s gonna happen. So, we’ll see. I’ll try not to keep it too over the top or anything.