Several years ago, I began this blog. Why? I’m not sure. I had just discovered the blog world and decided to join. I soon realized that there are blogs with every imaginable purpose and focus. There are Christian oriented blogs with every imaginable purpose and focus. As I began to post, I realized that I was basically doing this for me. Whether anyone read these posts or not, writing these posts and articulating these thoughts/feelings was helpful to me.
In time I realized that my posts generally fell into one of several broad categories. First, most of these posts deal with living every day in the presence of God and all that such a life entails. Most Christ-followers I know are just trying to deal with life. Being a mom, dad, son or daughter can be such a challenge. That is not to mention our work, jobs, and/or vocation. I believe that life is generally a challenge and often very difficult. Daily, we need to be pointed toward God.
Second, some posts deal with ministry. Sometimes these posts deal with ministry or servant-hood in a very broad sense. I believe that all Christians are called to some form of ministry as we follow Christ who came "… not to be served but to serve and to lay down his life as a ransom for many" (Mark 10:44-45). Yet, sometimes I talk about ministry in a more specific sense. After all, like me there are many who are in some form of "full time ministry," living out specific roles with congregations of people.
Finally, some of these posts are probably an attempt to grapple with my own thinking/feelings given where I am in life at the moment. I find this very helpful. Hopefully, being able to look over someone else’s shoulder and hear this kind of exploration is helpful to you as well. For too long I went through life totally unaware of what was going on within me. While I don’t want to be completely focused on my feelings/thoughts, little or no self-awareness can be dangerous. How many times have you been in a conversation with someone when suddenly they exploded in anger or bitterness. Later on you wondered, "Where did that come from?" It is important to me to be aware of the state of my mind/heart/emotions.
I continue to be grateful to each one of you who read this blog. Many of you regularly leave comments. (If you are new to the blog world, note the word "comments" at the end of this post. Put your cursor on that word and click. You can then read the comments that other people have left. Feel free to leave one of your own at any time.) More than once I have thought (regarding some of you who have left comments) "I would enjoy having a conversation with this person." I have learned, grown, and been inspired by many, many comments left on this blog.
I plan to continue posting on this blog about four times a week. In the meantime, I wanted to let you know that I appreciate you coming to this place.