I recently logged into my blog site and noticed that it has been 3 1/2 years since I posted. For the better part of a year, I had posted weekly and really enjoyed it. What happened? I could say that life simply got busy. There is truth in that, but it is not the whole story. I started writing to share my journey through life with God; so, I feel I should share honestly about it.
We make time for the things we want to make time for. My life is fairly typical. I have a wife, 2 kids, a 9-5 job, and I volunteer one night a week. Add in the odd extra event here and there, and you have my life: busy but manageable. About 5 months ago, I decided that I needed to find time to exercise. Long story short, the tall and lanky teenaged body I had 20 years ago had been replaced by one that was out-of-shape and much heavier than it should be. I knew I needed to start doing something about it.
I decided to start walking, and I even joined a gym. I had never really worked out before; so, I had some things to figure out, but I knew that doing nothing was not an option. Now, I didn’t have an extra hour in the day I sat around thinking to myself “What should I do with this empty hour?”. I just knew I needed to find the time to do it. So now my alarm now goes off at 5:30 AM, and after hitting snooze one or twice, I get up and either go for a 6K walk or head over to the gym to do some resistance training.
What does this have to do with writing a blog? A good friend once told me that writing is a spiritual discipline. He is right. The truth is that writing is my creative outlet. It is also a form of worship for me and a way I feel I can encourage others. For me, writing is a process that goes far beyond the time pounding on the keyboard. I mull over thoughts and ideas all day long. I also need to be inspired. That means spending time learning from others (through what they have written or said) and, of course spending time with God – reading what He has written and talking with him.
Over the last 3 1/2 years, I have struggled to find that time (I tried to warn myself; I wrote about the importance of finding the time in one of my last posts before I stopped writing). I didn’t fall away from God completely, I just stopped making spending time with Him a priority. I studied faith-related topics so that I could teach the teens I volunteer with or to find answers to questions I struggled with. I wasn’t focused on working on my relationship with God. So, much like I needed to do something about my physical well-being, I also needed to with my spiritual well-being.
So, I am going to start blogging again. Blogging helps to keep me accountable to spending time with God. In a way, it is like journaling, but I also want to share it with the hope that in encourages others. So, for those of you that read this blog before, I hope you keep reading. If you’re new to this blog, I hope I can bless you as I have been blessed.
It’s time to get back at it.