~ a rather rambly follow-up post to “Magic Mike Who?” ~
I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with “the spotlight”.
For instance, I always think I want to sing at people’s weddings…
until they ask me.
Then I spend the next few months in agony, waiting for the event to be over.
Likewise, here I’ve been plugging away at this blog for a year and a half, publising posts, sharing them on facebook and Pinterest, basically saying “hey world! Look here! Read this! My name is Mrs. Gore and I’m whimsical and have strong convictions! And here is a journal of my every waking moment and thought…”
On Saturday afternoon, I was hit with an urge to jot down a little something about this popular “Magic Mike” movie and to pay tribute to the upstanding gentlemen in my life. I knew in my gut that it would be well-received…
which, in my world, means about 140 people will read it, 12 or so people will “like” it on facebook, and 3 or 4 people will comment on it. On my very luckiest days, 2 or 3 people might share it on their walls.
So I published the post on Sunday afternoon.
When I left for church that night, 3 people had read it.
When I came home, nearly 300 people had read it, and I was quickly nearing my best blog day ever.
By the time I went to bed, 500 had read it and I was in shock…
By Monday night, 5,800 had read it.
By Tuesday night, 20,000.
And before I could leave this morning, the number had just reached 25,000…
That’s 5,000 more hits than I have had TOTAL since I started this blog almost 2 years ago.
And Mrs. Gore is positively squirming over here in this extremely unexpected spotlight, hysterically giggling with manic glee while writhing in that typical discomfort that always follows…
And so if you’ll indulge me for a minute, I’d love to make a few points while I have your ear (for I am convinced that, by the time “Magic Mike Who?” reaches the end of its facebook journey, we’ll be back to me and my Mom and my handful of friends looking at my birthday party pictures once more. And I’m cool with that. But please don’t leave!!):
1. Welcome to my blog, a place where I try to share the beauty of the Christian life, a journal of my personal sanctification, if you will, with a goodly amount of whimsy and humor thrown in more often than not. I never pretend to be perfect or to have life figured out; to be frank, I am still more student than I am teacher. But what you will hear me say over and over and over again is that God is good, and life, when lived by His rules, is beautiful. If you ever need encouragement or inspiration to find joy in the everyday, you’ve come to the right place. If you’ve come to duke it out, however, over current events and politics and stripper movies, I’m afraid you’ll be sorely disappointed…
2. My friend, Jeni, and I have been planning on redesigning my page, and so I am appalled that so many have seen my blog in its current state. You know when several people unexpectedly drop by your house when it is filthy, and you’re fluttering around, straightening pillows and kicking toys under the couch and saying things like “It doesn’t usually look this bad. We’ve been so busy. I was just about to straighten up…The kids did it.” So just do me a favor and please imagine that there is a nice soft floral backdrop to this page, and pretty chalkboard-inspired headers, and Betsie’s photo on the side is not all smushed up and fuzzy and there are matching icons that lead to my facebook page and my Pinterest page and my Twitter feed and…well, you get it. Pretty. Soft. Country Living meets Victoria Magazine. And someday soon…you won’t have to use your imagination anymore.
3. As I sat in a hotel room in Arkansas last night, slightly overwhelmed by the many comments I had received to this post, a few of them obviously not from believers, some of whom were very angry, it took me about 30 minutes to realize that parlaying in the comments section is not something I want or am even equipped to do. Thus, I will no longer be approving any comments or responding to them in that section of my blog, not because your opinion doesn’t matter, and not because I don’t very badly want to engage with you and become internet friends. On the contrary, I adore your encouraging comments, and it kills me to not be able to thank each one of your personally, but there are 3 children aged 5 and under almost constantly hanging on my ankles, and my beloved husband needs more of me than my back as I click away at the keyboard all day and night. I love to leave comments on blogs, so I hate to disappoint any of you in this way – but thank you for understanding. I will still see your comments, but no one else will.
4. Since I won’t be responding to further comments, I want all of you to know that what I’m promoting in this “Magic Mike Who?” post is not my judgement of my Christian sisters and especially not the world at large. This post was written to a very specific audience, Bible-believing women who seemed to be exercising poor judgement and creating a harmful double standard for the men in the church. And so my words here are nothing more than a call for my sisters in the faith to examine themselves to see if the Spirit convicts. It is a warning sign that says “Do not be conformed to the pattern of this world.” I need reminders like this ALL the time, and that is the beauty of the body of Christ. We are here to love one another by encouraging, admonishing, and keeping one another from stumbling. As iron sharpens iron, so we sharpen one another. (p.s. I am also not saying that John Wayne was a godly man. I know nothing about his personal life, only that he was a handsome Hollywood star that never unclothed himself on the big screen).
But most of all (as most of you correctly understood), this post is a celebration of godly masculinity…
which leads me to my most important point..
5. The men I have featured in this post are a small selection from those that God has blessed my family and my church with. Like I said in the post, the pictures I shared were simply the ones I came across in my i-photo albums, on a whim. There are so many others I’d love to tell you about…Louie, who comes with his 16-year old son to our bookclub on ‘Pilgrim’s Progress’ so they can learn new things about God together…Gordon, a senior citizen who kept our 1-acre lot mowed for months while my husband recovered from a minor back surgery…my cousin, Jon, who shows more intentionality than any man I’ve ever known in the upbringing of his family…the list goes on and on and on and on. But there is one thread that ties all of these men and their noble actions together…they are sinners, saved by grace. They have been redeemed by the blood of the Lamb. They are being sanctified before my very eyes, still sinful at times, still failing at times, but with faces looking upward and feet stepping heavenward. I pray for their continued growth and protection, and I encourage those of you who feel like there are no more good men out there to start looking in the right places, in houses of true and Biblical worship.
And lastly, as thrilled as I am that so many have read this post in particular and have found encouragement in it, “Magic Mike” is a movie that is here today and gone tomorrow, a hot topic that has us all buzzing and thinking, but not for long. And so if you wouldn’t mind taking a minute to read and perhaps share this post about something eternal, you would just bless my socks off: “Good News, from Mrs. Gore to You”
If you are interested in reading more from Mrs. Gore’s Diary, please sign up at the top of the page or follow this link to my facebook page. I am also sharing a few of my favorite posts from the past if you’d care to take a look.
Again, thank you for your extremely kind words and for sharing this tribute with your friends and family …
I’ve hated and loved every single minute of it.
My favorite Christian Living post: “This Girl”
My favorite party post: “Baby Betsie’s Pat-a-Cake Party”
My favorite post on personal growth: “Less Than Appreciative”
My favorite parenting post: “My Sunshine at Night”
My favorite homeschool post (and one of my favorite memories of ALL time!): “The First Annual Cousin Show – Part 2”
My friend, Charlotte’s, favorite post: “A Fourth of July Craving”
My Mom’s favorite post: See All.