I have long wondered about the usefulness of writing online journals. For the writer, they usually become a trendy ‘fad’ at first, but then after a month of daily posts, the initial excitement and creativity wears off. Daily posts becomes weekly, then monthly, then under the guise of ‘busyness’ – the blog becomes a thing of the past and shelved into the dust bin. For the reader, there are millions of journals to choose from and so little time, let alone personal interest. And anyways, why bother reading from the ‘low quality’ blogs when you can choose the most brilliant writers? Why bother reading about someone else’s life if you’re not really invested in their life? Why not just invest your time to read a (online) newspaper or magazine when those are more likely to have intrinsic value instead?
The objections are very valid and real. I don’t plan to market this blog nor have any big dreams as to transforming this into the next ‘Ask John Piper’ Blog. I’m just a simple guy with a simple calling from the Lord. Truth be told, I’ve blogged periodically on facebook but intermittently. I’ve been lazy and lethargic in expressing my faith. There’s so much I’d like to write down but always afraid that I’m not articulate enough to say it all. I’m also afraid that this blog would lift up my own portfolio rather than the name of Jesus. However, Miles said to me one time, “as a Pastor, you have to open yourself up toward others”. He was right. Well, here I am to take another step of faith and share my life the best way I know how to. It may be messy, it may have typos, it may be short, but I am trying as the Lord wills to journal consistently once every week.
Don’t get me wrong, writing has always been a passion of mine and this blogging project has been on my mind for many years. It’s also a good spiritual discipline, but that’s not the point. The point is that the only way God can use me is when I’m transparent and broken with others. And blogging is like melting away the frost of a hardened heart that’s covered on the glass windows our life. How are you sharing your life with others today?
Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!” – Isaiah 6:8