It is hard to believe, but one year ago, today, I threw my hat into the blogging ring. My brother had been telling me about his blog and it seemed like a good idea.
I wasn’t sure exactly what my blog would become or where it would lead. Like many, I looked forward to the opportunity to simply “think out loud”, writing down the ideas that bounce around inside my cranium from time to time. I did have hopes that I would be able, in some small way, to encourage others to walk closer to Christ. I hoped to perhaps connect with other believers and gain a broader perspective of what God is doing around the world. I hoped to maybe share a chuckle along the way by simply talking about the everyday happenings of life.
Let me just say that, thanks to you, my readers, blogging has greatly exceeded my expectations.
In the past year, I have been informed, entertained, challenged, corrected, affirmed, encouraged, enriched, befriended, inspired, and uplifted.
I have had both my faith and practice challenged in positive ways. I have had my salvation questioned by both Calvinists and Arminians (I am still trying to figure out where that places me theologically) :-). I have encountered spirited debates with compassionate people that prove that Christians can work beyond theological differences.
I have met fellow pastors, teachers, professors, students, musicians, missionaries, radio DJ’s, authors, seamstresses, computer technicians, homeschool moms (and dads), writers, pundits, photographers and wild hog hunters.
As you can tell, I am focusing mainly upon the upside of blogging. There have been negatives, but they are greatly outweighed by the positives.
Each of you have touched my life in a special way. Your unique perspectives and experiences have caused my awareness of the scope of life and truth to expand. Every blog listed in my blogroll, and several that aren’t have had an impact on my thinking in the last year.
Cameron, thanks for giving me the nudge to get started in this. Thanks to each of you for your friendship. Most of all, thanks to our Savior, because of His love and His word, I will never lack for something to say.