This whole blogging thing is very new to me. So many questions to answer.
Who am I writing for? Myself? Others? The Lord?
What am I writing about?
Do I need to publish everything I write?
These are questions I get to continuously ask myself with the help of Adam Zodrow (read his blog here) and Liam Bernhard (read his blog here). These two men are two of the most creative people I've met in my life and they are constantly challenging me to think outside the box and push myself in different creative avenues.
There is a lot of power in a word, which immediately debunks the fallacy we are taught as children, "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me." Yeah, right...
Just think about all the power that hinges on receiving a message correctly.
Your order could have been heard wrong at your favorite restaurant and, all of a sudden, your whole dining experience has changed.
A short email or text could be misinterpreted and an office war could break out.
Even more seriously, you're at the doctor's office and you're hanging on everyone of the doctor's words regarding your blood test.
You propose to your girlfriend and your heart stops (so I hear) just waiting for a simple yes or no.
We are all reliant on specific information and that information comes in the form of words.
Words help make milestones.
A baby's first word.
A graduation speech.
A prayer of salvation. (We can get into the theology of this one later)
Beginning this blog, I hope and pray that the posts I publish provide a helpful insight into a few things, first of which being my heart. I am an avid believer in living in community, and especially for a Christian I believe it's of the utmost importance. One of my favorite passages in scripture is Hebrews 12:1-2, "Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witness, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God." It is partially because we are surrounded by other believers that we shed our weights and sins and through repentance and that we begin to look more like Christ each day.
Second, this is also going to be a creative outlet for me to share what the Lord is doing while I am here in Turkey. This is an incredibly exciting opportunity for me to just drop everything and move to another country for 3 months, but it is also terrifying. I am learning new customs, a new language, trying new foods. In future posts, there will be plenty of pictures and stories as I am meeting with people from the church (I will probably not include names for the sake of privacy) and teaching them about corporate worship.
Finally, as I come back from Turkey, I will continue to use this blog as an outlet to flesh out ideas about worship and theology both practically as a daily discipline, but also on the corporate scale in our weekly meetings as believers.
I pray my words are found to be encouraging and exciting to others as I share my travels through this beautiful country and as I return home. Thanks for taking the time to read this!