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)