What If You Were to Repeat Your Good Work Hundreds of Times?
This is me opening my front door and inviting you in for a little party. Pretend my house is clean and there are homemade cream puffs and sugar cookies on the table, arranged in tiers around a Martha Stewart centerpiece.
PRETEND, I said.
Because this is my 500th blog post.
October 30, 2011 was my first little blog post attempt, and I did it all wrong. There were no pictures, the font too small, and the paragraphs too long. But God sent a very kind blogging stranger my way (thanks Gail Purath!) to say, May I make a few suggestions? I’ve had a lot to learn.
I would like to share with you what I’ve learned from these 500 days of writing…
It is rewarding to do something really hard 500 times in a row. Like when my family hiked Glacier National Park to see this panorama:
You really have to believe in something to do it 500 times in a row. Five hundred times I have written about God’s work in my life, and with each blog post my faith has grown.
It costs something to share your life with other people. There’s no safety in sharing your heart. It’s risky to open up and let people see your struggles.
Never ever ever ever attempt any work for God without centering it around the good news of Jesus Christ.
We need each other’s stories. God’s word coming through my life has the power to impact yours, and hearing from you has the power to impact mine.
I cannot write for your approval. Doing that almost made me ill with anxiety. I have learned to write in order to please God. I really hope you like my words, but it’s between you and God how my words will affect you. I don’t look at the statistics page on my blog site anymore.
Being a part of your life brings joy to mine, more than new shoes or Lindor Chocolate Truffles. (I don’t know how else to adequately describe how much you mean to me.)
So let us raise our steaming mugs of hot chocolate (with whipped cream art, of course) –here’s to 500 blog posts and, God willing, 500 more!
I will end the party with this question:
If you were to do what God has shaped you to do 500 times in a row, how would that action influence the world for the glory of God?
“For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” (Ephesians 2:10 NIV)
Congratulations, friend! I’ve read almost all 500 of those entries (probably all of them but I don’t know that for certain so I won’t make the claim) and you are a blessing! But you were a blessing before the 500 blog posts.
Hugs from TN!
There were so many times I didn’t think I could keep writing, and then you would write some encouraging word that helped me keep going. Thanks for being there through this whole process! A Hug right back to you!
Why, thank you, I would love one of those tasty cream puffs! And I’d love to celebrate with you,my friend. Wow. 500? I think you can get very far taking 500 steps. I’m so grateful to be along with you for the journey!
I’m guessing you’ve made quite a few footsteps yourself, my friend.
I raise my glass! Well done Christy, well done!
Oh wow, I wish you really could be here. But I’ll take a long-distance hot chocolate with you! 🙂
Christy, congratulations on your 500th post! 🙂 The scriptures tell us time and time again how much just one soul means in the Kingdom of God. I am one soul, and you have touched me with your posts. I think in God’s eyes, that makes this blog a success. Please continue 🙂 Heart Hugs, Shelly
And you have no idea how your encouragement turns around and blesses me. I’m so glad you happened along!
This post about doing something 500 times in a row made me think about what I do and ask myself if it is making a difference. I lead a Celebrate Recovery group — and I have been doing it for five years! I can’t believe it has been that long. I have only missed three Mondays in that time. But, the group met without me! The group is not mine, it belongs to God. I simply facilitate. I show up with my socks matching and pray that God will speak through me sometimes and through the testimonies we have every other week. I don’t know the impact this has on other people, but I know that the act of obeying God in doing this has increased my faith immensely! I have experienced God’s faithfulness in every situation that comes along — He always works things out so the group gets to meet, is fed, the Word is shared and the fellowship goes on. It is amazing to me the times I get there and wonder what I’m going to say as I try to share the hope of recovery in Jesus with the people I have come to love. And, God always shows up! I always have words to say. The Holy Spirit gives me coherent thoughts and words that seem to reach into the hearts and minds of these precious people. I am so grateful to be used in this way! It has deepened my walk with the Lord, showed me more clearly who He is…so many wonderful things. And, I have stayed completely sober for more than seven years. God is so amazing! I’m going to keep doing this until the Lord tells me otherwise.
It is such a blessing to see changed lives.
Wonderful, Kathy! Once a week for five years definitely makes a huge difference. Hurray for seven years of sobriety. I pray your story will bring hope to many!!! Here’s a hot chocolate to you. 🙂
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