Why (Write About) Crochet? Part 7

Let Your Light Shine

The question’s been on my mind since I started the Crochet for a Cause series. Even while I wrote the Why Crochet? posts, I pondered: Why write about crochet?

Although I have several answers to the first question, Why Crochet?, my simple answer is: We are to abhor what is evil and cling to what is good.

  • Crocheting is good.
  • Writing is good.
  • I like crocheting.
  • I like writing.
  • I like writing about crochet, so I write about crochet.

 

Why Write About Crocheting for Causes?

Aren’t I tooting my own philanthropical (surely that’s a word, even though spellchecker doesn’t think it is) horn?

Am I disobeying God by writing about crocheting for causes?

Ah, there’s the rub of the crochet hook against bare skin.

That’s where my head and my heart battled, right where the hook of crochet meets the bare skin of the fallen world, where the cyberpen meets the cyberpaper.

To share or not to share, that’s really been the question.

 

Informal Surveys

For an answer, in the past, I would have taken an informal survey among family and friends asking, “Is this right? Is this wrong?”

But when I’ve done that with other questions, I rarely came away with a single answer.

What do you think about this

 

Dangerous Waters Ahead

So, I took my question to my heavenly Father, in both prayer and the His written word, His wisdom on the printed page, the Bible.

On the one hand, I found I might be treading dangerous waters:

 

Therefore, when you do a charitable deed, do not sound a trumpet before you as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory from men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward.” Matthew 6:2 NKJV

But when you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing …” Matthew 6:3 NKJV

Context

And on the other hand, I found this:

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:16 NKJV

And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works …” Hebrews 10:24 NKJV

Talk About Dynamic Tension

The key is the context.

Context and a term my pastor taught me several years ago: dynamic tension.

It’s what we feel when we see both sides of a coin.

Dynamic Tension This and That

The Heart of the Matter vs. Religious Scum

The answer seems to be about motive.  About the heart.

Jesus was always about getting to the heart of the matter, not just skimming a religious surface for the holy scum.

 

Who are We Promoting?

If we write about crocheting ventures to promote ourselves, or to get a reward from people, then we’re dipping our hooks into the wrong yarn basket.

If we write about crocheting – patterns and/or causes – to glorify God’s goodness in a fallen

  • stinky
  • rotten
  • tasteless
  • mass-produced
  • heartless
  • cruel
  • vengeful
  • dangerous
  • shaky
  • unpredictable
  • denial-ridden
  • hurtful

world and we’re encouraging others to make that fallen world a

  • brighter
  • prettier
  • more loving
  • gentle
  • handmade
  • heartfelt
  • kind
  • patient
  • giving
  • seeing and caring

place, then from what I can see in the Word, we have our hearts, our hooks, and our cyber pens at work for His good name, not our own.

 

Baskets: Yarn or Otherwise

And … who would want to hide His name – and all that it represents – under a basket? 

For His Name

Yarn-filled or otherwise?

 

 

REALITY CHECK: The Bible says to “walk in the light that you know,” so at the moment, this is what I know. {smiling} {picking up the hook and the pen}

 

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