And it all started five years ago today with a post called Risky Behavior. As one kind person commented, that first day was like throwing a blog-warming party. Here’s a look back on the past half decade.
Coming To This Place to Party Can Be A Bit Dicey
Some posts seem to be party central here. The ones that have gotten the most comments and traffic are:
- Being a responsible Bible reader even if a famous pastor says you should just take his word for it,
- Why I gave up on convincing atheists,
- A post on the fallacy of Biblical womanhood,
- Another on why women are better than ladies any day, and
- Why school shootings have not convinced me to carry a loaded weapon.
Who do I think I am to be writing on subjects as important as Scripture, firearms, gender politics and faith (or lack thereof)?
I’m just me, that’s who.
And that scares me when I stop to look at myself.
Many times we say that we give God all the glory for where we are, or what we have. But we are mere pretenders, publicly displaying modesty while secretly relishing the praise for ourselves. So cleverly deceptive in this art are we that we can convince even ourselves. (Aimee Byrd, Housewife Theologian, p. 234.)
Is there no hope for a blogger like me, one who is apt to relish the praise for myself (because, after all, if I don’t relish it who will)? Yes.
But we are more likely following our calling when we recognize our complete incompetence and utter dependence on God through Christ. … With my own materials and my own efforts, I only end up building the Tower of Babel, but if Jesus Christ has called me to be a part of what he is building, I have full confidence that “he who began a good work in [me] will complete it until the day of Christ.” (Id.)
This reminds me of the question “What if I threw a party and nobody came?” but I’d change it to “What if I threw a blog but nobody came?”
Doesn’t matter, that’s what if.
God is always with me. Can you come up with a better guest list for a party than that? Or a better list of readers than the Father, Son and Holy Spirit?
Yet I still get caught up in numbers of readers and views and comments and likes and shares and …
- “Why hasn’t anyone visited the post I wrote? No one has commented yet, and I published it a whole three and a half minutes ago!”
- “Where have all the readers gone? This site was getting a ton of traffic earlier today. I wonder if people stopped reading just because it’s past midnight and most people decided to go to bed. Don’t they know that reading my blog is way more important than sleep?”
- “Twitter, Facebook … Facebook, Twitter … where are people most likely to see my writing and then click to read it? Why can’t someone tell me?!”
Deep breath, deeeeeep breath. In fact, try the very Breath of Heaven, the Spirit of Christ himself. Because counting on acquiring things without counting on God is foolishness.
So let me count up what I’ve acquired with God these four years of blogging:
A better understanding of grace.
Several new friends who come by to visit and who I get to visit at their blogs.
The knowledge that God has used this year to show me (and others) who he is through my writing.
Thanks for coming to the party.