Let Me Be Honest
I’m coming back to the discipline of blogging. And if I’m honest, I’ve been dragging my feet on this. While I have taken the last couple of years off due to the pursuit of my MDiv at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, it’s been hard to motivate myself to pick this back up. Let me share a few reasons why getting back to writing has been difficult.
Timing, Organization, and Me
I love to keep busy. Now that doesn’t mean that I am busy with the same things all of the time, but I enjoy having something to do. That may mean the work I need to accomplish at church, reading, spending time with my family, or even working in the yard. To think about adding another thing, even since completing my degree, has been somewhat daunting for me.
The reality is, writing takes time. There is more to writing than just staring at the blinking cursor on my screen. For me, it’s brainstorming about what to write, creating a writing calendar, research, writing, formatting, and finally publishing. This meant that I needed to be organized better if I was going to jump back into this. I’ll save the particulars for another time, maybe.
Finally, I’ve been wrestling with my pride. Writing anything on a public forum exposes you in a way that is not always easy. As I thought about getting back into this, I knew that I would be exposing myself to critique that I didn’t have to face. But I love to write and what I want to share is hopefully encouraging to my readers. There are significant issues that we are facing, and I care for my fellow followers of Jesus. While this will not be an easy task, it is one that I want to take on rather than allowing all my fears to win the day.
Why Am I Telling You This?
This is an odd topic to write on when you haven’t shared anything for more than two years. In fact, it wasn’t going to be my first article, but nothing else felt right. Here’s the brief version of why I am writing this: we all fear something. Our biggest critique is often ourselves and the way we think the outside world perceives us. I am far from perfect, but I cannot let my fears win the day. My goal in what I will write is to encourage each of us in our everyday walk with Christ. We are facing a complicated world, but not one that our Savior has not already overcome. Let me leave you with a challenging quote from Charles Spurgeon about facing our doubts and fears.
“I hope you will not give way to doubts and despondency; but do what you can, leave the rest to God. Blessed is the man who has the God of Jacob for his Helper; he need not fear either want or pain, or death. The more you can realize this, the happier will you become; and the only means for so doing is to hold frequent communion with God in prayer. Get alone with Jesus, and He will comfort your hearts, and restore your weary souls.”
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