Well, hello November! I’m glad you are here:)
October was a full month – always one of my favorites – but it seems like it has been October (or at least, pumpkin spice season) for a long time. No doubt, one of the pitfalls of starting “seasons” weeks before they actually arrive. But, I digress. I’m just happy to see a new month. I did see some IG excitement, yesterday, for peppermint mocha…so, I guess a new “season” is officially rolling in:)
A new season. A new month. I just like “new”! And the new month is starting on Friday – and with Five Minute Friday. Theses five-minute writings, that springboard from a one-word prompt – are always challenging and thought-provoking for me. Today’s word, LAST, ended up being a bit of a soul search for me.
GO – If I’m honest, one of my first thoughts, after reading the prompt, was somewhat of a surprise to me. Almost immediately I considered the idea that this could be the perfect way to close my blog. To make this my last post. How cute and clever I thought. I have a love-hate relationship with blogging. I love to write. I enjoy this creative outlet. But I hate writing when it becomes a chore or one more thing I need to check off my to-do list. And, too often, this is what happens. The joy of writing – and creating posts – is too often drained.
I’m sure the reasons for this are numerous and deserve more than five minutes of my thought; however, I do know that I too often allow my insecurities to wonder, “what is the point?” or “why bother?” Soon after I began blogging, I wrote some thoughts – mission statements, if you will – down for myself. I think they are tucked away in my desk. I need to get those out. It is important to remember why we do what we do. And that applies to so much more than just blogging.
Why do I have the habits I do? Why do I have the priorities that I do? We need to be mindful of the reasons behind our actions, our decisions, our goals, etc. Knowing our why helps us live intentionally – not simply coasting through on auto-pilot – and helps us be wise stewards of our time and days. And when what we are doing is intentional, there is a sense of purpose that leads to not only contentment but to joy.
END – Let me get back to blogging and finish with that. There are several reasons I started blogging. Among those is the confidence that God wants me to do so. I’ve asked Him (too many times) if I should stop posting and, for now, I know He wants me to continue. But I do still find myself wondering “why?” And, yesterday, I read the most encouraging – and convicting – post here. From Kate:) (she hosts these Five Minute Fridays). I could recap it but you really should read it here. It is a wise question to consider for any of us. For whatever we do. For whatever Christ has asked us to do. Why do I _________________ (you fill in the blank)?
If we lose sight of our why…it is only a matter of time before it is one more “last” for us.