Faith and Blogging

Faith is a personal thing, and something that is integral to how I live, how I think, the choices I make. Which begs the question, why don't I ever mention it on my blog? I've asked myself this question a few times over the last year or so, and I've never actually confronted it. 

I think it's a commonly avoided subject among bloggers and content creators. I might have hinted at it, or mentioned it in passing before in posts, but I've never sat down and confronted the reasons why I avoid it, so here I am, tapping away, trying to get to the bottom of it. 

Religion and faith is controversial. I could probably finish the post there and be done with it. But I think there's so much more to it than that. In a society when conforming to the norm and being completely self reliant is the golden ticket to success, it's hard to hold your hand up and say what you believe, and that you rely on something other than yourself. 

It's the same reason we don't post pictures of dirty laundry, or piles of bills on Instagram. We show the world an edited version of our lives, all with the facade of perfection and a great filter. For me, I guess I was afraid of judgement, afraid of rejection, and ultimately afraid of losing readers/followers. But is that really how we want to live? Hiding our true identity in order to gain public admiration? 

3 months ago I posted this picture to my Instagram account, with the caption 'The morning of a winner', it has your typical mug of coffee and pretty perfume bottle which frequent often on my feed. But in the bottom left corner, is a Bible. Now this is my typical morning, when I'm not rushing to get out of the door on time, It's how I love to start my day. The required double dose of caffeine to make me function normally, and reading a few verses of my Bible. I choose verses which are empowering and motivational, but also comforting and reassuring. To me, this is the best way to start my day. 

When I posted the photo, with far too many hashtags, I worried about the response. Would I get hate? Would no one like it? Would the world end? To my surprise, none of these happened. I started posting a few more faith related photos, I was amazed at the response. I got some lovely messages, and overall a really great response. What was I so worried about? 

That's the thing though isn't it, we're all far to worried about what other people think of who we are, than actually just being who we are. It doesn't achieve us anything by hiding ourselves, it actually damages ourselves and our thought patterns. I became almost embarrassed by the one thing that is truly integral to who I am. It seems so unnatural to not even mention something in my posts, which is a huge part of my every day life. It feels fake, and dishonest. 

So where do we go from here? Faith and religion will always be a tough one, but the more we discuss it, the easier it will get. The more we embrace who we are, what we believe, the more we open ourselves to learning about others, and what they believe. I don't feel the need to post pages of devotionals of Bible verses, no because that's not how it works, but rather than second guess myself when I write more intimate lifestyle posts, I just going to be honest. I'm going to be myself.  I hope that in return, that others will feel more comfortable talking about what they believe, and who they are.