Maybe you’ve noticed. Maybe you haven’t. But I’ve not published a blog post since June 13th. And it’s killin’ me!
It’s the longest gap between posts I’ve had since I started blogging. And for good reason: I’ve been busy.
Busy with job responsibilities. Busy with family. Busy with traveling. Busy with weddings.
But who isn’t busy, right?
We all are.
And though I’m still relatively young, I’ve realized that every time my birthday rolls around I’m busier than I was the previous year. So I’ve got to figure this thing out now, because I’m not getting any younger.
I’m not saying I need to figure out how to avoid working hard. Although, we do often times allow ourselves to take on an unhealthy amount of work that becomes detrimental to our lives.
I’m not saying there won’t be “seasons” that are busier than others. There’s nothing wrong with that. You have to push through.
What I am saying is this: In the midst of life’s busyness, I (and maybe you too) have to figure out how to maintain balance and prioritize what’s most important.
If you don’t, you’ll one day realize it’s been…
…3 months since reading your Bible…
…2 years since going on a family vacation…
…6 weeks since calling your mom…
…1 year since exercising…
…2 weeks since getting home early enough to play with the kids…
…5 years since sharing your faith…
…2 months since blogging.
I don’t know what it is for you, but there is something you intended to do that has fallen short. The good news is you can start again. The bad news is it’s not easy.
Intentions are never enough.
In fact, you’ve probably even heard the saying, “The road to Hell is paved with good intentions.”
You need a plan of action. Because busyness eats intentions for lunch every time.
So how am I going to get back to blogging? By focusing on 2 things: self-discipline and self-development.
Without self-discipline, as life gets busier I’ll have longer and longer gaps between blog posts.
Without self-development, I won’t have anything to say.
This idea of developing ourselves is a lost art in our culture today. We look to others to develop us as if it’s someone else’s responsibility. This attitude permeates all of culture, but is unfortunately very often found inside the church. Someone will make sure you know they are leaving your church because they are “just not getting fed,” which is ridiculous. Learn to feed yourself!
I once heard one of my favorite authors say this: “I’m not responsible for filling your cup, but I am responsible for emptying mine.”
I can’t pour out what I haven’t been poured in to. Going forward I must prioritize making sure my cup is getting full. By doing so, I’ll write out of the overflow and others may be able to grab something that helps them fill their cup.
I hope this doesn’t come across arrogantly, but I know there are a few people who have benefitted from my blog posts. They’ve told me. And that doesn’t puff me up as much as it humbles me. It still amazes me that God would use me to help others. And I want to be used as long as He sees fit.
I also can’t explain it, but I have a burden to communicate through speaking and writing. It’s not something I want to do as much as something I feel like I have to do. When I do it, I have a sense of lower case “f” fulfillment.
So that’s why I’m back. I have this burden to communicate and help others.
Until I feel like I’m no longer helping people or blogging becomes an antiquated way of communicating with the world, I’ll keep it up. If I miss a week, or even two, give me some grace. Life gets busy. But if I’m ever gone again for this long…check on me.
Thanks for reading!