Lately, I’ve really been under conviction to be above reproach in all I do.
This Biblical concept should be characteristic of all Christians. However, it is specifically called for in the positions of elders and deacons, and therefore pastors as well. Before reading on, check out 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:5-9 to gain some context.
This conviction of being above reproach ended up hitting the blogging part of my brain last Wednesday morning, at 4:15 AM. I opened my eyes and immediately thought to myself, “I am not being above reproach within my blog!” For whatever reason (perhaps the Holy Spirit), I came under sudden shame that all of my images were obtained through Google Images.
Up until my early morning guilt-panic, I had always simply found an image, copied the image url and pasted it into the post. I honestly never really thought much about it. In fact, after looking back at the urls, I noticed that many of the images I grabbed were from other blogs, who had grabbed the images from other sources. I was sometimes the third or fourth in line on the copied image.
So what did I do about it?
Well, as you may have noticed, I have not written since last week. I decided that though it would be a lot of work, my integrity was worth it. Yep, that’s right. I went through and deleted every image out of my 248 posts, other than a few personal images. I finished up yesterday afternoon and I feel fantastic about my decision!
Furthermore, God has honoured my commitment. I quickly went to work and easily found a unique site for bloggers to obtain free images, called PhotoPin.com. Check back tomorrow and I’ll work through how this amazing site helps bloggers and photographers alike!
How has conviction to be above reproach caused you to lose valuable time and resources?