I set out with a goal of blogging for 95 days straight. The purpose was to get some practice in daily at becoming a better writer. That’s not how things ended up working, instead it caused a lot of stress! This season of life is not one that allows the luxury of blogging daily. The streak lasted 42 days, which is not bad all things considered.
The attempt at the 95 day blogging streak did uncover some pretty powerful insights into myself and what I want as a writer, blogger and as a human. What follows are the lessons that I have learned over the past few months.
It’s difficult to have a personal blog and not become self focused. That’s a struggle I am not alone in. “The heart is deceitful above all things” Jeremiah 17:9. It’s a condition of the human race. I feel that the antidote is not to stop blogging. There needs to be a purpose in blogging. Something that I want to accomplish with the content that I create. And personally I do not want it to be about me. I can share myself and the details of my life with the people around me in face to face communication.
I decided that my faith is the one thing that I find it easiest to write about. I like that this blog started out as tutorials for WordPress and WooCommerce. I’d like to keep that around. But to develop my writing and to try and serve others with my writing, I think writing about theology, philosophy and apologetics is the best direction.
I was called by Christ at the age of 8. I am now 42. My faith has always been vastly important to me. One if the most enjoyable times in my life was college. I attended a Christian University to earn a bachelor’s degree and during those years I earned a minor in Theology. There was an abundance of writing involved in those years, and I loved every word of it. I am not yet sure what I have to offer that is not something you can read elsewhere, but I intend on finding that and going for it. I have walked with Jesus for over 30 years, preaching, leading worship, planting churches and so forth. But all that means nothing without putting it all to practical use. What good is it if I am not serving, following, discipling, making His name great?
Make His Name Great
In his sermon titled “God is for God” Matt Chandler drives home the principal that God is for God and he is the hero and main character of this epic story that is life. I want to make His name great. Not my name. Well, that’s the problem actually. I do want to make my name great, but really I want to, want to, make His name great. The pressure of trying to be a hero or the main character, or even just maintaining an image is exhausting and crushing. When I blog, write or speak as though I am the main character, and I do not remember that it’s all about God, what I write and say easily becomes posturing and ways to create and maintain an image. Images can be anything. Like the images of smart, creative, rich, popular beautiful, and so on. Instead of creating and maintaining an image, I want for people that know me, listen to me, and read my words to see Jesus. I think it would be amazing if that by reading my blog people are encouraged. Even if you may not agree with me or believe what I believe, that I represent my savior in a way that helps, not hinders. In other words, the purpose of my life, of writing, of loving my wife, of raising my kids, of every single thing is to make His name great.
I am who I am and that is unique and it’s a gift from my creator. I can use my personality in my writing to make His name great. I am not saying I want to be a robot and suppress my humanity. All these things are not bad, they are good. But they can become idols. Making His name great will be the result of sacrificial living that daily takes me out of my comfort zone and from those experiences, like all writers who write from experience, will flow stories and posts that will fill my blog.
“What is an idol? It is anything more important to you than God, anything that absorbs your heart and imagination more than God, anything you seek to give you what only God can give.”
We think that idols are bad things, but that is almost never the case. The greater the good, the more likely we are to expect that it can satisfy our deepest needs and hopes. Anything can serve as a counterfeit god, especially the very best things in life.Counterfeit Gods – Timothy Keller
The intent therefore is to have purpose in blogging with more focus on faith and helping others.
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