Friday, August 24, 2007

As Unto The Lord

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men…it is the Lord Christ you are serving.” - Colossians 3:23-24 NIV

I started this blog for fun. I still write this blog for fun. Any article I’ve ever read on the topic of “Blogging for Dollars” completely eludes me. Believe me, I have a job and this ain’t it. This is my hobby. I completely enjoy letting the writer in me peek her head out of her shell. She’s been in there a long time…since high school creative writing class with Mr. “Dimple” Dan Clark, who has the biggest cleft in his chin I’ve ever seen on a real person…since a summer day in 1983 when I tortured and provoked my little brother and we were both sent to our rooms for the day and I spent the hours writing a story to pass the time…since third grade when I won runner up in the Young Author’s competition at my elementary school. I hadn’t really stopped to think about it in a long time, but it came to me last year and whopped me upside the head just like the two by fours we were using to build our new house. I really like to write. I can hide behind my computer screen and pour the words out without facing anyone. It’s both liberating (I can say whatever I want) and terrifying (what if someone reads it?).

A couple weeks ago in church, my husband mentioned from the pulpit that I have a blog. He said it was great and that people should check it out. It was terribly embarrassing, yet very sweet because he knows how much I enjoy writing and wants to encourage me to not let that inner writer go back into her shell for another 20 years.

However, I noticed that after he made that announcement, I suddenly felt the covert pressures of quantity and quality. I had better blog something good, and I better do it often. It’s so like me to immediately go there. Darlene Schacht, who is the founder and editor of Christian Women Online Magazine, described the pressure to blog like this, “I feel like I’m dating all of you and if I don’t phone every day, you will break up with me.” If I were “Blogging for Dollars” maybe those pressures would be real, but that’s definitely not the case here. The more I thought about it, the sillier it seemed.

Even though I usually write stories of everyday life that don’t always appear overly spiritual, (or spiritual at all, for that matter), my main desire is to write for Him…the One who gives me that daily life and sustains me through it. So, even though I write this blog for fun, I also write it as an act of worship. I’m humbled if someone takes the time to stop by and read, and I hope by getting a glimpse into my little life, you can see that you are not alone in yours. We both have a friend who is closer than a brother, a counselor to be with us forever, and He is the one we live and work for.

So whatever I write and do in my life and whatever you do in yours, may it be as unto the Lord.


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Darlene Schacht said...

Oh, that was so great, and obviously I can relate! I've often been concerned that my posts are too fun, and not deep enough, so I wrack my brain looking for deep thoughts to share. Kinda takes the fun out of writing.:)

Someone wrote this on my post once, "Some people think that in order to be religious we can't be too human, and if we are human we can't be all that religious." Fortunately he said that my blog had a good balance between the too. Whew! I hope so too, not that I want to separate life and faith, because for me they just naturally go hand in hand.

I think this is the first post I've read of yours and I really like your writing! I'm glad that your husband is supporting your gift.

Anonymous said...

My kids used to say that you could sharpen a pencil in "Dimple Dan's" chin cleft! :-) Thank you for being obedient in using your God-given gift of writing. I enjoy the glimpses into your life and I promise not to break up with you if you don't write every day!
PD in CO

Cari Johnson said...

Darlene, that's a great quote and the fact that religion/humanity must mix is especially important for people to understand concerning those who are in ministry (or married to them)! That's what makes the story we tell relevant to others. I love to read a good blog or article that deals with a real life issue, even if it's a trivial one.

Thanks for visiting my blog.

Cari Johnson said...

LOL! Boy, do your kids' comments about "Dimple Dan" bring back memories! I let out a huge laugh when I read that comment!

Anonymous said...

Just so you know, I get mad when you don't blog everyday.

Your cuz

Anonymous said...

I check your blog most everyday, I enjoy those "glimpses" and I am always looking forward to the next...Oh ya,I wont leave you either! ( you can't get rid of me that easy!) LOL,Love Jen


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