You’ve all heard the familiar adage above. I’m not sure it’s true, at least in the case of human beings. Life should be a journey in learning: learning about God, about ourselves, about others. I thought I’d talk a bit about what I’ve learned through becoming a Christian blogger.
I’m retired, and I’m not part of the generation that grew up using technology. I still have a flip phone (much to my granddaughter’s dismay) and I’m not of Facebook or Instagram. I don’t skype. I don’t text. I prefer books to my kindle. You get the idea. If you told me a few years ago that I’d be spending my time writing blog posts, I would have laughed at you! Then my husband starting blogging, some women at our church said we ladies should have a blog, one of them set it up and voila! I was suddenly a blog author!
Of course, I do have some interests that drew me to try this “something new.” I love to write, I love to study, and I love to encourage others. Blogging seemed to be a way to combine all three of those things. Along the way, here are some of the things blogging has taught me.
- I’ve become more adept at using technology. I can now copy an image or a video from YouTube or a link. I can reblog an article. I started accounts on Linked In and Pinterest (still avoiding Facebook).
- I’ve learned to write quickly, and be less of a perfectionist. In the past, I found it hard to just sit down and write something because there was no deadline. Now I have a deadline every day, and I have to write and be content to let my article go without agonizing over the “best” wording or examples.
- Because we have a theme every month, I have a reason to think deeply and seriously about a particular topic. I pray about our theme, look up verses, check books out of the library, etc..
- I’ve learned more about some of my sisters in Christ, through their posts. It tickles me no end to observe Beth Ann’s love of music, Michele and Leslie’s passion for study, and to see how Sarah and Kate (both of whom I’ve known since they were small) have grown up in thoughtfulness and Christian maturity.
I think God is always seeking to surprise and amaze us. He wants us to learn and grow, to use our talents, to become the people He intended us to be.
What new tricks have you learned this year?