"A year later, I can't say that I've done the quest justice. What I can say is that with each post I wrote came invaluable lessons I could not have imagined."
And a year later, I can't say that I've done the quest justice. What I can say is that with each post I wrote came invaluable lessons I could not have imagined. As I close out this year (yep, I'm taking the summer off from blogging to bask in the sun, relax, and listen to God for what's next), I wanted to share my top five beautiful lessons God reminded/taught me through 44 Sundays of blogging:
1. As much as we are individuals, we need each other
Thank you so much for sharing your comments and impressions on the posts. When I write, I can only hope and pray that what I'm sharing is inspiriting someone. Your emails and comments helped me to keep going! And those who have been vulnerable to share your faith story through The Sunday Blog have graced readers with your own uniqueness. God has given us each a gift and a purpose, and The Sunday Blog has helped remind me that it takes someone to receive it in order for that gift to come alive; and that we indeed need community!
2. Staying focused is the reward
When the desire is to be used by God and be pleasing to God by being true to whom we were created to be, then what the ego becomes concerned with loses power. The accolades, the numbers of "fans" on the Facebook page, etc. become irrelevant. Sure, there is appreciation (going back to #1) but when we are used as vessels then we know God's plan will come to fruition in God's time. Staying focused and on the path is the reward in itself. Life can take us away from what we commit to, especially when it's an internal commitment. Our spiritual practice (like writing) helps us find our way to what is true. Agree?
3. Push-ups build muscles
We know by now that the more we do something the stronger it and we become. Still, I have to recognize that writing weekly about my spiritual impressions and experiences has strengthened my spiritual walk. Taking the time to listen and create and share, without judgment of myself as a writer (whew), has helped me listen more deeply to God. To surrender my expectations of what's to come next so that I can be used without me interfering in that process. The more we practice (listening, praying, writing, surrendering) the stronger we become, right?
4. No room for excuses
I will be honest, there have been some Sundays when I thought I could not write anything. Weeks where I was beyond busy and "didn't have time" to write. Weeks where I felt it wouldn't matter if I missed the "deadline" because "Who's reading this anyway?" Weeks when I just wasn't "feeling it." It's easier to make excuses than to push through fatigue, anxiety, doubt. But isn't that what a spiritual practice is all about? Doing spiritual push-ups? We hear "no" so much from the outside world that with The Sunday Blog, I just wanted to say "yes." Even if it meant getting a little less sleep or becoming frustrated because I had no idea what to say. Being open to this unknown element is what gives our walk texture.
5. God does not color inside of the box
Speaking of this "unknown element…" As we grow in our relationship with God we tend to have a sense that we know God. This is great! God wants to be known. I believe God's deepest desire is for us to commune with Him/Her. At the same time, I don't think we can fully know God. Who God is is too much for our mind to hold, let alone comprehend. The creative process helps us to see God move in ways we could not intend but we must be cautious to not expect God to always move in a particular way. Yes, God's nature is the same towards us but God cannot be predicted. And yes, God is a God of order but... not our order. God doesn't follow our rules. Think about it. If God did, the sky would not be vast and limitless, would it?
I believe 3rd Spaces, the home for The Sunday Blog, is just beginning. We're just finding our voice and place. We're still figuring it all out. I don't know what God has in store for me, us or this vehicle, but I will admit, I am completely excited about being on the journey and whatever is next and!
Thank you for being a part of this with me. Thank you for your prayers and support. Thank you for your contributions. Thank you for being present.
Now, let's meet for lemonade and talk awhile! :-)