For five years, every spare minute has been utterly consumed with a 330-page writing project I'm calling Boondock Church. And it's finished. Later this month, we'll have a release party at Evangel (the quintessential boondock church 😄).
As of late, I've been feeling an unshakeable urge - like a nagging conviction - to pick up the pen again and blog. That isn't overstating it, but why do I feel this way?
First, nothing gets my cerebellum working like writing. It's a way to think about issues and process. When do I make time for this unless it's with my pen sitting on paper? That's what I'm doing right now, thinking about why I need to write more. Side note: never do anything just for the sake of doing it, ask yourself why you should do it?
Second, there are so many voices echoing in social media, newsfeeds, and entertainment. And from my unique and biased perspective (yes, I can admit that), most of them are butterfly shit (a term coined by my granddaughter Ember - there's a story, and I promise I'll tell it another time). So I look forward to weighing in around issues connected to ethics, spirituality, family, raising kids, government, and dealing with schleppy people.
Third, because I know I'm pretty good at this writing thang, part of me wonders if blogging could generate income. It's not my first reason, but it still warrants being added to the list. Friends of mine are very successful at this. I think I could be too.
Fourth, I love sharing ideas, especially when I have something original. No one needs to read a repeat. People are always telling me I'm out-of-the-box in my preaching and writing. It's not unusual to hear these words: I've never heard it quite like that; man, that's a unique angle; where'd you ever come up with that?! And I love sharing this stuff. As a disclaimer, much of what I throw out in the form of spoken word, or literature, or blogging, is ideas and thoughts that I would have to say come from my journal. Why do I tell you this? Because I spend a lot of time "listening", and feel like a lot of what written there could be "God thoughts". So give credit where credit is due.
Fifth - don't get spooked out by this - God told me to. Egads, I can't believe I just wrote that. Whenever people tell me, "God said," I have to resist rolling my eyes. But seriously. I can think of two occasions in corporate prayer times, where it was almost like an audible voice: "Tony, pick up the pen." If I were to be honest (which I am), I'd say this is the primary reason. I have lots I could do with my time. Just lots - leading a church of about five hundred peeps, investing in the lives of people (I personally mentor 50+ individuals each week), or working on our cabin in the woods.
But when Jesus gives you a directive, you should follow through on that.