This led to what I'm calling an accidental Sabbath from writing. The month that passed gave me some time to reflect on writing in this fashion. What's the purpose of this blog? What do I hope to accomplish? Who do I hope to reach?
A sense is growing within myself that this blog serves as a place for me to communicate with others, not as a leader, but as a peer. I've things to share, as do others in the church. This blog serves as a piece of conversation with others in the Body of Christ. I don't hope to develop a "following," but instead to contribute to a conversation amongst others committed to the spread of God's goodness in the world.
To that end, I'm planning to change format a bit. My plan is to intentionally engage people and pieces that appear across the internet. Some, like my first posting in this new season, will engage memes and other digital art. Other times I'll introduce articles or blogs that caught my attention. I also plan to engage the work of friends who serve God through their various vocations in the world.
I guess what I mean to say is, at it's best, this blog has always been about more than just me. The most interesting content doesn't stand alone, doesn't flash into being within a vacuum, but exists within a greater chorus of voices. The more I focus on others, the better this will be for me as a writer and for those of you who've chosen to read.
I also hope this inspires you to write as well, whether just a Facebook comment or tweet in reply or through your now blogs and posts. The best would be more personal conversation, so feel free to reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. As we talked about today in our community, we're at our best as a church when we live life together. Whether that stays located in the digital realm or we meet in person one day, this is true for all of us. We're at our best when we do life together, living not just for ourselves but for the best of others.
Here's to hoping this is part of a conversation that points to the abundant life we see in and receive from Jesus.