An Idea Borrowed

Years ago on a radio program someone shared that they read a chapter in Proverbs every day. Since there are 31 chapters and the longest month has 31 days it allows you to read through Proverbs on a regular basis. I use it as the launch pad for my personal worship time and branch out from there. On this blog I will try to share some of the insights I have in the Word. I will try to organize them in the archive by reference.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Is This a Waste of Time?

Often when I enter, contribute and explore the world of blogging, I wonder, "Why?"

This takes time. Is it a waste of energy? Is it pure narcissism? Am I trying to do anything besides feed my own ego? No, no, yes.

One of the things that I learned when I was preaching on a regular basis is the focus of a deadline. If I was to stand before a congregation (admittedly very small) on Sunday, I had to be ready. That helped focus my study. If I expected to stand up and proclaim, "Thus saith the Lord!" I had better put in my time. It helped my approach to blogging that I was always speaking to a small group. I am used to it.

A second factor that crosses over from preparing to preach is the blessing that comes from looking deeper. I believe most good preaching speaks to the preacher as much as the congregation. There were many lessons God taught me as I studied that I never had time to share. You cannot get serious about the word without having it touch you. One of the greatest benefits of preaching was the worship of preparing to preach.

A blog is not a sermon, but it is sharing the things the Holy Spirit is whispering to me as I study. Most of what I post is adapted from what I have written in my own personal study files. Even if no other person reads what I write, the discipline moves me down the road of spiritual growth.

Praise God for His many ways of being the Good Shepherd.

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