The beautiful intricacies of life read like a well-written novel, and to those of us who will slow down and pay attention long enough to read the writing, we have a responsibility to translate it into cliff notes, to paraphrase the vastness into samples that act as hooks to draw in those searching for more.
C.S. Lewis is easily one of the most quoted Christian writers. He was a prolific author, and his books are classics. They're also deep and long and require some critical thinking. It's like precious metals in the earth—someone has to extract what's hidden for others to enjoy.
I write because I want to hold up what is buried beneath for others to see. It's an invitation to join in the search, a beckoning to dive deeper. And don't hear me wrong, I'm certainly no guide. I'm just a guy whose found something that has to be shared.
"To whom much is given, much is required," is a phrase that lodged itself in my mind about twelve years ago. It's applicable in so many contexts, and I think it's especially true when talking about our responsibility to extract truth from our experiences.
Every person is planted in a unique set of circumstances that is entirely their own. There is no perspective identical to yours. No set of influences or experiences will ever be the exact same. Because of that, you will see and learn things no other person can. And the world needs to know. At the very least, those you can influence need to know.
So everyone is writing resolutions, goals, etc. this time of year. I'm not encouraging you to ditch that idea, but I am asking you to commit to one thing...
When the blog started a couple years ago I signed off for a while with the phrase "listen, learn, share, repeat." Though the phrase didn't stick, the principle did, and it has changed my life.
You don't have to start a blog, but will you commit to paying attention? Will you make it a point to learn one thing a day? Will you take on some risk by starting a vulnerable conversation to share what you're learning? We all need your perspective. You're the only one that has it.
Happy New Year!