Nearly 2 months ago, I tentatively stepped out in faith and created a blog. I would like to say that I boldly stepped out in faith, but that wouldn’t be true. I’m not sure when the idea first came to mind, but I awoke one morning, and then another, and then another, with the inspiration for the theme of the blog. Another time-consuming venture that I would get myself into. Even when trying to ignore the idea, I couldn’t shake the thought that I should begin the process. So after some research into how to set up a blog and in spite of my reluctance, I finally took the steps to join.
I had grown increasingly frustrated and disheartened with the negativity that I was seeing and hearing from media sources, in the news, on social media, and in conversations. Bickering and arguing. One-upping. Name-calling. Snarky comments. Criticism and finger-pointing. Rudeness. Attempts to prove one’s cleverness. And no, not just from politicians. From Christ-followers, at least from those who referred to themselves as such. And from some: the affirmation of sin, by means of agreement.
I’d had more than enough. My focus needed to be on the hope of Christ. The hope that no matter who’s in office in our great land that Jesus is still The King. The hope that no matter what laws are passed, whether they are righteous or moral or immoral, that my righteousness comes from God through faith. The hope that as the numbers of those who remain true to the teachings and cause of Christ appear to diminish, that greater is He who is in us than he that is in the world.
Sometimes when God prompts you to take on a new responsibility or challenge, it is for your own benefit. Sometimes it’s for the benefit of others. Sometimes it’s both. I just knew that I was in need of encouragement and hope. Discouragement had set in, along with disappointments and frustrations. In my intro post, I wrote that it can be easy to lose sight of hope. I knew that if I felt this way that I wasn’t alone. There were others out there just like me.
So, as long as I receive inspiration to write blog posts, I’ll be committed to the responsibility. I’ll seek to offer hope – through encouragement, through truth, through the Scriptures. I’ll seek to help other Christians to do the same. I’ll especially seek to glorify and honor God through my words.
Hope nugget: If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. [Colossians 3: 1-2]