May 24, 2018 v5 p9
I haven’t been posting as regularly as I have in past, and at first I wasn’t sure why. I think I may have figured out the reason.
Over the course of my blogging I’ve written about a wide range of topics. I started doing this to write about sports. Journalism is what I was planning to study when I went off to college. He had different ideas in mind for me, and I’m thankful for that. I wrote mainly about University of Michigan football to start, my favorite sport. That was pretty much because it was the middle of the season when I started. After that I wrote some about other sports, but didn’t get quite the same response. Every once in a while I would venture off to a different topic. Some of them that I have written about include parenting, family life, and leadership. It was some of my posts on leadership that other people started to pick up with more regularity. I could see that I needed to branch out to more than sports on a regular basis.
One area I decided to start sharing in was my faith. It wasn’t too long after I started this hobby that my wife and I returned to the Catholic Church. When I look back on the statistics, it’s those posts about my faith journey that have received the most clicks/views/reads. It really isn’t even close for the rest of the categories I write about. I realized that this may be where my voice needs to be heard. I still enjoy writing about University of Michigan football, but when I post things about that I don’t expect much response. That part of my audience has actually become pretty small. Most of the discussions about those posts come on my personal social media sites. I’m not supposed to be a sports journalist. I’m OK with that.
My faith has become the number one part of my life. I can’t get enough. I want learn more. There are some times when I wish I could go back to myself in middle school and convince myself that I was already headed down the wrong path. I do my best to live my faith out in my everyday life. I hope the people around me see it. I want nothing more than to be able to help them experience what I have experienced. I realize that a lot of people don’t think they need God in their life. That’s totally understandable. That’s also why He gives free will. The ability to choose to follow Him, or to follow our own wants.
I have asked people for a response to my posts, but often don’t get one. I don’t know if that’s because people think I’m way off base, or if they aren’t willing to admit that what I’m saying has some worth. Over the past couple of weeks I’ve come to realize that most likely it’s neither of those cases. When it comes to faith for most people it’s a pretty personal topic. If they aren’t comfortable sharing their own faith, within their own lives, then why would they share it in mine? I know I’ve been guilty of that myself. I have been able to share on this platform, but when it comes to sharing it with other people in a face-to-face setting, I tend to clam up. In the men’s prayer group I’ve started going to at my church I have no problem at all speaking out, it’s in those situations outside of that where I struggle.
So that’s what I’ve come up with. I really want to share my faith. I have a platform where I really don’t struggle to speak, I just need to utilize it better. I’ve been putting off some changes to this blog out of fear, but I need to put my trust in Him that it will show if I’m making the right changes. Keep an eye out over the next few weeks for more from me.
St. Francis is often accredited with saying, “Go out and preach the Gospel, if necessary use words,” but nobody can confirm that. I’ll just stick with Mark 16:15, And he said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to the whole creation.”