One year ago today I started a blog. Every Monday for the last fifty-two weeks I've shared my ideas on belief, family, relationships, personal growth, leadership, and even some on business. Your feedback has helped not only develop and clarify my voice but has given me direction for the new year.
I'm excited to start sharing new content. Before diving in, though, I wanted to revisit some of the highlights from the past year. These are the top ten posts that not only yielded the most views and feedback but embodied most clearly what this blog exists for:
10. The Brevity Of Life
"I felt the weight of everything. It was wonderful. It was terrible. Life is so fleeting, incredibly complicated, but so, so good."
9. Approaching the Undeserving
"I think taking the first step toward the one who doesn't deserve it or even want it is the Gospel in a nutshell. But the application is next to impossible if you've never seen yourself in the character of the undeserving person."
8. Unbelief Is Easier Than Obedience
"Unbelief and Disobedience find those who are on an island, who have isolated themselves, who can't stand the reality of what their behaviors are doing to their beliefs."
7. The Appearances We Maintain
"But how often do we venture to the overgrown, untended brush in our back yards...my proverbial back yard contains things that need trimming, fertilizing, attention. I have a lot of doubts, a handful of insecurities, some pent up anger and bitterness, discontentment, and the list goes on...I know for a fact I don't have the back yard conversations enough..."
6. Why We Do What We Do
"The god of family was dethroned and beheaded. The idol of security was dashed to the ground. The illusion of control in my life was shattered. The world as I understood it shifted slightly out of focus. I could no longer see clearly. I couldn't explain what was happening. I couldn't fix what was broken..."
5. We Fail Gradually Then Suddenly
"No person sets out to ruin their life. No one wakes up and says to themselves, 'Well, let's see how I can most effectively destroy myself.' The gradual, subtle decline is normally the path we all take towards defeat."
4. The Simple Is Never Easy
"We've debated for centuries endless systems of theology, yet if we really look at the nitty gritty, the biggest challenge we face is the simplest of applications."
3. Glimpses Of The Soul
"What would that fifteen minutes have looked like if I had been determined to catch up on social media or too frustrated to truly be present with her? We are surrounded by intricate lives. People are wonderfully complex and normally possess so much more than their most obvious traits."
2. Dear Friend Who Struggles With The Bible
"By over-analyzing every aspect of my faith, I was killing it. If Lacie and I had a meeting every day where we picked apart every aspect of our relationship, I assume the core of what makes us in love would slowly start to fade. There is much to be described within our marriage, but there comes a point when we can't quantify or explain the mystery of this covenant."
1. When Holidays Are Hard
"Before creation, there was God, and God existed in perfect community: Father, Son, Holy Spirit. As an extension of that community, God created us. The family grew. Then some of the family members rebelled, and the holidays weren't like they used to be."
I'm filled with joy for the chance to share my life with you and grow throughout the process. I've learned quite a bit as I've written week after week. I have to stick to what I know. Above all, to write from a position of honesty and vulnerability. To write where it hurts. To be concise and say more with less words. To understand that inspiration isn't scheduled. Good ideas rarely arrive when you want them to, so be ready and willing at all times to grab on to them.
Most importantly, I see my purpose in writing very plainly now. I want to continue to blur the line between the sacred and the secular. I want the lens through which I see the world to always seek meaning. I want to learn from experiences and share without restraint to any and all who will listen.
As we turn the page into a new year, I would like to ask for two things:
1. Your feedback. What can I do more, better, different?
2. Your help. Will you share your favorite post with a friend, either through social media, email, or word of mouth? Your willingness to share has exponential effects.
As always, I'm immensely grateful for you and look forward to another year of seeing meaning in all things together.