“Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,…”
I like a good story. Give me something to read. Give me a good movie watch. It seems to be that a lot of life’s answers can be found in movies. There are also a lot of memorable lines and comebacks.
In one of the Alien movies, a male marine is harassing a female marine who is doing pull-ups.
“Hey, Vasquez! Aren’t you worried someone might mistake you for a man?”
“No. Aren’t you?”
But instead of spending more time on those pleasures, I spend a fair amount of time in my home office writing blog articles. Right now the sun is shining, and it looks like a beautiful day. Of course, this is Memphis, so unless you like oppressive heat and humidity…
So why do I write when there other things I could do? My answer came last night. I posted an article, My Lousy Day. I almost didn’t. Who would want to listen to me moan over my rotten day? How pitiful would that be? But, I was in a mood and decided to let ‘er rip anyway.
The response was incredible! Mind you, I haven’t ever turned huge numbers on my site, although it’s growing steadily. But it was a pretty active night for me! Why?!?
The first indication of why is the way this blogging community saw one of their own having a rough go and came rushing to advise, encourage, commiserate, and show some love. I wrote in bad mood and went to bed in a good mood. That’s thanks to our blogging community!
Some people were encouraged by my whining, because I at least ended it on a faithful, hopeful note.
Encouraged?!? By THAT? Heck, sport fans, it was re-blogged at least once!
That’s why I write, my friends. Not to be catered too, but to contribute to our community. I’m blessed to be a part of this community and to get to know you all. I can be part of that cloud of witnesses Paul wrote about in his letter to the Hebrews. I can show my faith in God and Jesus, and you can see where that takes me, whether you believe at this time or not. I can encourage and help others with their tough times.
When this many people can come over and give me a lift over an article that was more cathartic than anything, my faith in the goodness that God has in each us is affirmed. The world is a sinful place and a lot of really bad things happen; witness last weekend. I still believe kindness still thrives even if meanness makes the news. I believe God still calls to us to be His, to be better people with Him than we can be alone.
All of you helped me remember this on a lousy day yesterday. I am humbled and grateful to be part of this community. We few, we happy few; we Band of Bloggers!