One year ago today, I jumped into Blog Land, and posted my first post on my brand new blog.
I thought I would share that post with you today - it's funny, it still reflects my heart, one year later.
LEAP OF FAITH
Welcome to my new blog!
For many of you, *blogging* might not seem like a big deal. But, for me, it's HUGE!
You see, until just two weeks ago, my computer was a 12 year-old Gateway, with a massive hard drive, connected to the Internet by dial-up! Yes, you read that correctly. (By the way, it was sad leaving my weekend gig in the Neanderthal exhibit at the natural history museum, but it was just time to move on!)
My husband and I have a real aversion to all things technological – for instance, he didn't own an answering machine until we started dating in 2003! So, for a long time I really rebelled against this whole blogging idea. It just sounded too "California" for me – "Hi, my name's Sharon. I'm a Taurus. I blog…"
You know what I mean?!
But then, I began to get the sense that this might be a direction that God was leading me to explore.
For a while now, I have had a distinct pull on my heart (still, small voice?!) that God wants to do SOMETHING with me. I love to write, and more and more, blogging seemed to be the answer – at least a great starting point. I have really fought this one – feeling like I was "selling out" or going over to the "dark side." And quite frankly, my hesitation also came because I was afraid. Afraid to start something – afraid to fail, almost afraid to succeed.
But then I realized a great truth from the Bible. God called all sorts of scared people to do His work! And most often, those called were not asked to do an easy thing.
Forget taking a "step of faith" – they were called to LEAP!
"Hey Noah, I've got this boat idea!"
"You know, Abraham, I think it's time to re-locate."
"Moses, remember those Israelites in Egypt?"
You get the picture.
God calls us to BIG THINGS, things that feel too much for us to achieve, let alone even start sometimes. But isn't that the whole point? We are not asked to have the strength or the courage or the skills to meet His calling – we are only asked to RESPOND.
I want to be like Samuel:
And the LORD came and called…And Samuel replied, "Speak, your servant is listening!"
Here's to my leap of faith!
Where is God going to ask you to jump?!
(First published on Monday, June 28, 2010)
***My heartfelt thanks to all of you! I am so grateful for your friendship, and for all the encouragement and inspiration you have given me this past year. I look forward to what God is going to do in the future!***
BLOG = "Blessedly Leaning On God!"