One year

The first post on this blog was published one year ago tomorrow.

While I’m not a high-traffic site, I’m thankful for the conversations I’ve had here over the past year. I’ve certainly learned and grown, and I aim to continue to do so in the next year. I hope that I’ve been of use to some of my readers as well.

Yesterday, on Christmas morning, I sent a text to most of the people in my phone that said

Wishing you a blessed day of incarnation “And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.”

I got many replies that said “Merry Christmas!” However, last night while at work I received a phone call. Apparently, one of my friends changed phone numbers, and a lady I never met named Jacquelyn received one of my texts.  She called to tell me that this text she had received from an unknown number with a simple Bible verse had touched her deeply. The one person who most appreciated my message was the one person I sent it to unintentionally.

I’ve written for years under my real name, but over the past year I’ve largely taken a break from such writing to focus more on writing here. Yet it is here, where only a select handful of people know me in real life, that it seems my writing has made the most impact. I have not tried to grow my audience–in fact, when I get a traffic spike I try to step back and take a break from writing for a little while and make sure that I am not sacrificing truth for popularity. I trust that if I write something that can help someone, God can lead them to it–even on a low-traffic blog like mine.

I don’t know what the next year will bring. Maybe I will offend some and my readership will drop. Maybe my readership will grow. Perhaps someone will see fit to reveal my given name. Perhaps I will be completely ignored. None of it will matter.

I’ll be here. I’ll write when I have something to say. And I’ll pray that God uses my words to his greater purpose.

That’s all that really matters.

But what does it matter? Nothing matters except that, in one way or another, people are told the message about Christ, whether with honest or dishonest motives, and I’m happy about that. Yes, I will continue to be happy  —Philippians 1:18 (GWT)


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