Six years. Three hundred posts. This blog of mine hit two milestones this week. And it’s made me kind of reflective.
Back in February, 2010, I had this crazy idea of starting a blog. Of course, I struggled with the idea of putting my thoughts out there for the world to see. It felt arrogant. It felt like getting onto some ego-based bandwagon. If felt like “notice me!”. I was never comfortable with anything that smacked of “notice me!”.
But God was stirring. He was answering my “what next?” question. I had written a book about waiting on God. But what came next? I always joked that I wouldn’t write a second book unless it was the sequel to the first one. The first book was about waiting on God for the desire of my heart. The second one would be all about how He provided it. How He provided “him”.
I’m still waiting for that sequel, but I took the plunge and entered the weird world of “blogging”. I had two requirements for myself and for what I would write. First, any post I wrote had to have the goal of inspiring faith. I went through an exercise years ago to pinpoint what my life mission was. After whittling it down, I figured out my life mission was to…inspire faith. Whether that was through people watching my life, talking to others or writing, I needed to know that whatever I did, it glorified God and inspired people to have faith in Him and His Word and His plans for them. And then second, any post I wrote needed to be based on scripture. I can write about pretty much anything, but at the end, if the “lesson learned in the waiting” isn’t a lesson that comes from God Himself, then it isn’t worth writing about. It would simply be feel-good, self-help stuff.
I didn’t know what to expect. I didn’t know it would turn into six years and three hundred posts. Three hundred of those “lessons learned in the waiting”. I went back to see if I documented the beginning of this journey in my journal from 2010. Of course I did. I told you all about my “journal shelf” a few months ago. I wrote, “Lord, this isn’t about me. It’s about You. It’s about inspiring faith in YOU.” I was reading a book about prayer and journaling at the time. A quote from the book said that journaling is “writing down the adventure as it happens. It gives us a feel for our place in the story God is weaving in our lives. It helps us become aware of the journey.”
And that pretty much sums up the blog as well. I think it has been a journal of my journey, out there for the world (or at least a few of you) to read. When I read back through some of these 300 posts, I do see that. I see the story God is weaving in my life. And hopefully, that story inspires others.
I still don’t want anyone to “notice me!”. But if you notice how God is working in my life through the lessons He teaches me, then it’s okay. If what I write can inspire faith and point people to God’s Word, then it’s okay. Actually it’s more than just okay.
It’s pretty great. I think God writes amazing stories. And if I can be a small part of showing them to others, then I have done what I set out to do.
Happy Anniversary, Anticipatience.
Be sure to carry out the ministry the Lord gave you. Colossians 4:17 (NLT)
I will display my holiness through those who come near me. I will display my glory before all the people. Leviticus 3:10
…nourished up in the words of faith and of good doctrine… 1 Timothy 4:6