Having a blog has been the "in" thing for some time. Every aspiring writer, every leader, every person trying to get ahead has a blog. Those that are working through problems, are interested in a specific topic, or are simply trying to get noticed, have blogs. It has become part of our vernacular. When we speak of "bloggers" who are into "blogging", most people innately know what we mean.
I was curious about it, so I did some research. The first blog (it wasn't called that) was in 1994 and in 1997 the term weblog was used, simply to describe logging web activity. In 1999 is was shortened to "blog" and it was in 2004 that Merriam-Webster declared it their word of the year.
So really, this is a fairly recent phenomenon. It is a great platform for sharing ideas, stating opinions and even having online discussion. Even for pastors. The fact that this website has a section called "Pastor's Blog" indicates that I will have things to regularly write about (although I think the only person who reads this is my mother - hi mom!). So what happens when you really have nothing significant to say? No fancy thoughts or opinions. No revolutionary ideas. No new perspectives? Well . . . you end up writing about the history of blogging!
Honestly, Christmas is a busy time of year. I find myself coming to think about familiar thoughts, familiar struggles, familiar traditions, and families activities. So rather than write about them, let me just encourage you to take the time to listen throughout the busyness of this season. A week ago I was busy, was rather tired and not really all that interested in much, and in the middle of it, God reminded me as I sat and read, that he still pursues me. He is gently and insistently calling me to himself. He doesn't care what time of year it is - he wants me and adores me. Honestly, it was a very personal and powerful moment that reminded me of the amazingness of my heavenly Father. May you discover the same during the weeks ahead.
Weldon Lemke has been leading Hope Chapel since 2009 with a passion to see people come to know God and grow to maturity in Him.