Recently, I’ve been going to a personal trainer. It’s helped me get in better physical shape (I’ve lost over four inches around my waist!), but it’s also had a more lasting impact on my spiritual shape.
You see, my trainer is also a Christian. I go to her twice a week for about a half hour each time. She puts me through a series of full body weight-lifting exercises while we chat about our lives. I never anticipated that this relationship would delve so quickly into deeper topics about God, Christianity and our walk for Him. I only wanted to lose a few pounds, but God had other ideas.
Yesterday, she asked me about my writing – which she usually does – and I mentioned I had been trying to catch up on my blogging. She asked, “What is the main purpose of your blog?”
I had to think about it.
What is the main purpose of this blog?
Well, when I started, it was about trying to find a place to eat in our little rural area. We’d pick a new place, go eat and I’d write a blog about it. I envisioned a kind of “Urban Spoon” for rural folks. It worked out well, but I soon tired of that concept so I started writing about my life, my struggles and my faith. It began to morph into a space for me to express my feelings as well as a place to connect with others. I wrote about my depression, my anxieties and my fears. Soon, I connected with people who shared my struggles. Then, encouraged by others, I began to seek God and eventually, I began to share His word with others.
Sometimes, this blog is really just about me getting out my feelings. Other times, it’s a need to answer God’s call. I feel Him pushing me to write to you – my readers (there is more than one…) – and to shed light on Him. He wants me to share my experiences with Him and how to know Him – to understand who He is – and to get closer. As I thought about how this has all evolved over time, I realized that I haven’t done this for any kind of fame or fortune. Some people do – it’s some people’s full-time job. I’ve done it for my own sanity, for a connection to something bigger and to spread God’s love in any way I can.
When my trainer said she was overwhelmed because people keep telling her she needs to blog every day and she needs to promote her blog endlessly…I’ve heard so many people say that. But it doesn’t have to be that way. (Unless, of course, you want to blog as your full-time job or you’re trying to use your blog to sell something.) For me, that would take the joy right out of this. I don’t do this for you, dear reader… I do it for Him and a little bit for me.
Here’s the thing: when called upon to share the love of Christ, do you know that you don’t have to reach the masses? You really only need to reach ONE. Yes, masses are always nice, but… don’t you see that might mean that then YOU become the center of attention and not HIM?
I said this today to my trainer, “Yes, Jesus reached the masses, but he started with twelve.”
So I don’t blog every day and I don’t always blog about Him. I blog about being human and what it means to still be able to know, and be loved by, God. I reach out, as best I can, to others who are struggling and might not feel like He can love them.
And, today, if I’ve reached just one person with this message – I’ve done my job for Him. Will you reach out to just ONE person today? Tell just ONE person you love them, care for them, that God loves them or that they are special? Will you tell His message to simply ONE person today? Will you live your life in a way according to His plan and will so that ONE other person might look at it and say, “Wow. I want to know more.”?
I’ve been striving to do it every day for almost five years now on this blog. And whatever way that God has planned for you – you can reach someone, too.