Maybe, ironically, this post is a cop out and escape from the very subject that it is: writing by faith. Essentially, I think, that is what I do on this blog. Most of the time when I sit down I don’t know what I’m going to write on. And if I have an inkling ahead of time, I try to suppress my thoughts, because I don’t want more thoughts to flow, since I’m not at a keyboard.
I write by faith because everything is a gift from God. When someone way back when suggested that I ought to start my own blog, probably both out of respect for him, and simply in being intrigued, and having enjoyed what blogging I had done in the way of comments on Scot McKnight’s, Jesus Creed, I decided to give it a whirl. I remember early on for some time being amazed after every post, that I could write a post at all. Blogging also was less “old hat” then, it seems, not to say it doesn’t have value now. Even if not the value some are looking for. To this day I certainly consider every post a gift. Yes, a responsibility, but any ability we have from God is a gift, and I want to be led by God in what I write, even if what it all is is developmental in nature. Even so God uses our halting words and attempts to share his word and good news in Jesus.
I write by faith because essentially the subject matter is way over my head, way over any one’s head. I don’t want to simply be passing information along, even from the Bible. Actually anyone can do that and do that even on their own. Even if it is foolishness to them. What I want to share is something of the heart of God, something of the good news in Jesus, and something of my own testimony and life in relation to that.
Writing by faith is essentially like living by faith. We go on writing, wanting to be totally dependent on God through Christ, and even in our weakness and faults God’s strength is redemptively made known. There is something of the divine and human interwoven, somehow it is both God and I who do this work. Even though it is God alone who is the source of all good things, from whom all blessings flow.
I don’t know if I’ll blog as long as I can in this life. I used to think for sure that I would like to do that. I have one writer friend, a quite successful writer (books) who once had a blog, but says it is a poor way to share one’s writing. I would like to have a wider audience, as this person puts it, although I shudder at that thought, because I think it is presumptuous for me to want any audience at all. I simply want to be open to how God might move me.
Blogs are not only a dime a dozen nowadays, but even books are becoming that. Anyone at all can write their own book, though whether or not a publishing company wants it is an entirely other matter. I have often thought about writing a book, I think I would love to do that, at the same time I don’t want to write a book simply to write a book.
And so for now I will continue on. It is an exercise for me, and hopefully it will bless someone along the way. As we in Jesus continue on in faith and for the world.