Sunday, March 25, 2012

unfriending the world

me with moses at the animal shelter
in the red letters today james and john, sons of thunder,
caught up to jesus on the dusty road
teacher, we want you to do us a favor
we want to sit in places of honor next to you
the audacity!
the presumption!
petitioning for places of power?
they are certainly friends with the world,
elbowing their way to the top
but am i any different?
asking for recognition in this world?
guide me to a book outline
help me increase my blog traffic
a different james wrote
that friendship with the world
is enmity with god
but just two verses later
comes the promise
he gives us
and so that's what i'll ask -
for more grace
as i seek to

how about you? in what ways or areas are you seeking to unfriend the world?

continuing to count his gifts to 1000 -

581. a new dog!!!! his name is moses, and he is gentle
582. a soon-to-be-finished chicken coop
583. my husband who is building the chicken coop
584. red bud trees and snow bell trees and dogwood trees
585. students stepping into maturity
586. colleagues
587. my girl, the one i mentor, she's persevering
588. my brother, allen, acting as judas in a living last supper
589. a high school baseball game in a minor league stadium
590. my siblings

linking with:

michelle for hear it monday, use it on sunday, ann for 1000 gifts, l.l. for on, in, and around mondays
joan for sharing his beauty, richella for grace imparted, laura for playdates with god
jen for soli deo gloria and shanda for on your heart tuesdays


  1. Congrats on the new dog...he looks sweet.

    How do I unfriend the world? Good question. I guess by going to Him before I go to them, with them being an imaginary audience.

  2. Hi Kendal, this is a really good post! We are to befriend Christ, and not the world, but it sure gets confusing at times. That is why it is so important to keep our eyes on Jesus at all times. When we start looking around the world, which is temporal, we get confused about what is important!

    Your dog is beautiful! ♥♥♥

  3. Hi Kendal, this is a really good post! We are to befriend Christ, and not the world, but it sure gets confusing at times. That is why it is so important to keep our eyes on Jesus at all times. When we start looking around the world, which is temporal, we get confused about what is important!

    Your dog is beautiful! ♥♥♥

  4. It is sometimes a difficult thing, isn't it? Trying to get a God-given message out to the world, without obsessing about numbers and personal gratification?

    Being in the world, but not of the world, is not an easy position...yet it is our calling.

    Keep up the the good fight!

    Thanks for sharing!

  5. You've given me something to think about! I haven't considered how to go about doing as you write - "unfriending the world".
    Your list of thanks is filled with such beauty! Love the trees, and the perseverance of the girl you're mentoring...

  6. Moses is beautiful.

    You've provided me with food for thought this morning. Thank you.

  7. I think this issue is a constant battle that we have! I pray that as I daily come before the Lord, my heart will remain humble for Him! Blessings, Joan

  8. Several months ago as I was scrolling through Facebook status updates, I realized I was barraged with a lot of useless information.

    I de-friended (un-friended?) many, many goal is to stay under 50 'friends'. Sounds silly, I know, but I want to hear from people who will actually ADD something to my life and which doesn't distract me from spending time with My Friend Jesus.

  9. This is something as bloggers we definitely need to always evaluate. I know that there are times I get caught up in the push for more traffic. But when the dust settles, I pray that I'll always be about helping more people not gaining more notoriety. Thanks for sharing, Kendal!

  10. I'll be musing on that phrase all day.. "Unfriending the world".. a challenging thing to ponder in this world of facebook friending and platform building. Love the way you chase Him hard.

  11. I think Moses is beautiful too.

    This is a hard thing, I think, to remain aware of. We are so immune to those desires of our flesh. What you do here--this call to's something I must do every day. Thank you, Kendal (love seeing your smile).

  12. Kendal...I love the analogy of "unfriending the world." Thanks for sharing your heart!

  13. Kendal, I love how you brought this up for us to consider. Great thought-provoking post. I see myself in the things you mentioned. Unfriend myself. What a freeing step. Blessings, Nona

  14. A little blog, I think, can be like a little church. I feel like I know those who follow my blog, and I have time to respond to them when they comment or e-mail. There's a beauty in that, and I'm at peace because my prayer is: send those who should come, and those only.

  15. Kendal, a power-packed verse, good seeds of contemplation. Mine has been a long journey of unfriending the world. The Master said He didn’t come to bring peace, but a sword. Division. This is a philosophy so opposite from the world, especially the now mindset that wants us to be one with the world.
    Looks like you’re enjoying Moses!

  16. Hi unfriend the world...great do I detangle thought processes...thanks for this...blessings and enjoy your new dog:)

  17. A great thought to ponder...unfriending the world...thanks!

  18. Sounds that we are much in the same head space, Kendal. It is a blessing to know that I am not alone in this venture and that we are both standing covered with His grace. (We even both rescued a dog recently! Moses is super cute!)

  19. "Unfriending the world." So much in those three words. Love how God speaks to you. And the importance you place on His words. These words will stay with me for a long time.

  20. I think you have really hit on a great concept to ponder in that statement: unfriend the world. mmmm, will ponder this more. As I grow in my spiritual walk I feel more called to simplicity and less stuff - guess that may be my first step in unfriending.

    love Moses!

  21. I struggle with this often. I want to blog and write for God . . . but then I'm told I should be reaching a certain level of success. And I wrestle with what prayers and desires are most honoring to Him . . . Thanks for sharing this. You've made me think. I'm visiting late from Soli Deo Gloria. Blessings!