a new year and a new blog

Over the years I have received a common request from family, friends and acquaintances. “Please write,” they said in one way or another. “Why me?” I often responded. Privately I mulled these conversations over and usually concluded that I didn’t feel qualified to write. I was too young, too inexperienced and too unimportant. Then, even if I could contribute something for some people, I paused at the sobering prospect of writing in public.

Writing requires a lot of work, and it exposes your thoughts: frequently imperfect and occasionally profound. Yet over and over again talented authors explain that good ideas, wise observations and memorable experiences are best expressed in written form, and they note that writing improves one’s writing. It takes discipline, but more importantly for a Christian, writing requires humility.

Good writers recognize that they are one voice among many and most people may choose to ignore their words. That’s okay. More important than anything I write is the unchanging Word of God. Therefore, I submit my blog, not as a place to express pride-filled opinions, but as a forum to magnify God’s immeasurable grace in my life and ministry.

The Apostle Paul wrote, “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen” (Eph 3:20-21). These words form the foundation for this blog. It is God who works immeasurably to accomplish his glory through his power in you and me. Wow.

So, for all my encouragers over the years, thank you! I appreciate your persistence requests and insistence that I write. If for no other reason, I am writing for you. And, Lord willing, new friends will emerge through writing in public. Here we go!

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