New Years was super fun… I spent it watching Disney’s new movie Frozen (which is SO good) and hanging out with the other Ember ProtoGuide, Measu. So now, with New Years all finished and done, it is 2014. I’m graduating this year. I’m going to college this year. I am hoping to travel a good amount again this year. I can already foresee a bunch of new, exciting experiences coming for me that I will want to remember in the years to come. As I look back on my blog posts from 2013, I realize that the journey that I have documented is invaluable. I want to remember this year and what I’ve read, watched, learned, and experienced forever…and I have a chance to do that because of this blog.
I’m not one for New Years resolutions, so I’ll just make it a goal that I am hoping to achieve and that I will surely pray about. I want to blog even more this year. I want to do my blog assignments for Ember with a dedicated heart, but I also want to post about things that I’m not necessarily assigned.
These past few days, I have happened to stumble upon a handful of Bible passages that talk about community, learning from each other, and shining God’s love in various ways. One of the ones that sticks out is from Matthew 5:13-16.
You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor? Can you make it salty again? It will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless. You are the light of the world-like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.
I am in no way perfect. In fact, I suck. My good deeds are few. But I feel like these verses have helped me to see that God wants us to communicate with each other. He wants us to live in loving community with each other. He wants us to learn from each other. He wants us to hate what is evil and cling to what is good. That is an impossible task to do alone. But through and with God, all things are possible. He allows for these tasks to be achieved by creating fellowship among His people. As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend. When we are honest about our experiences (good and bad), we leave room to be encouraged and led forward or corrected and led towards a better path.
I am starting to see how blogging is an extremely valuable way for believers to communicate, live in loving community, and learn from one another. It allows for the global church to connect. Some of the blogs I’ve read have spoken such truths into my life that encourage me forward and make me want to encourage the blogger writing. Other times I read a blog post that is filled with corruption, and I often see other believers quick to correct, sharpen, and attempt to help and lead that blogger towards God’s true purpose.
Basically, this is just a really long winded way of saying that I want to blog more because when I do blog, I find it so valuable in my own life but it also might contribute a small part to the online community which is made up of the global church. How cool is that?
So hopefully, I’ll achieve this goal and it won’t be too long before I post again.
Disclaimer: Tony Sheng has always said how great blogging is but I never listen. Let the records show that I found the truth eventually despite my stubbornness.