Psalm 119:105 Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.
I’m doing something a bit different today. Why? Because today I’m writing the 500th post to this blog. While that means I’ve been posting here for less than two years (this is a six days per week blog), 500 is something of a milestone.
First, I give thanks to God for giving me the grace to stay with this. It hasn’t always been easy. There are certainly days when I read the appointed passages in the Moravian Daily Texts lectionary and struggle to discern something to write about. People often ask me how long it takes me to write the blog. It takes about an hour – for reading, reflecting, writing, editing, and posting. And so I find I’m giving to the Lord the first hour of my day – which sounds like a lot. Yet the Lord always finds a way to make me more productive in the remaining 23 hours in a day than I would be if I kept all 24 hours for myself. It’s just how the Kingdom of God works. Many of you know what I mean.
The second thing I want to mention is how much I appreciate the fact that so many of you join me in this space. The accountability you bring by reading the blog has been absolutely critical in helping me stay with this. I checked to see just how many of you have signed up to follow the blog so far. As of this morning there are 1,081 of you, along with about 50 who access the blog via Facebook or Twitter each day – for a total of over 1,100 readers per day – which blows my mind! To all of you I simply say “thank you”. You bless me by joining me here each day.
Finally, I want to address the pastors/lay leaders I coach who were the initial inspiration for creating this blog. We often say that to be a discipling leader we must give people something to imitate, as Jesus did for his disciples. Why? Because we can’t give to others what we do not have in our own lives. I’m honored that you would allow me to invest in you in this way, and it gladdens my heart to know that many of you have started your own blogs, further multiplying the fruit of this one. When we add up all those who read my blog, and those who read your blogs, we’re easily talking thousands of people impacted each day by this one simple discipline. That’s incredible really, and to God be all the glory.
Heavenly Father, you give your people the gift of spiritual disciplines as a means of putting ourselves in a place where you can do a transforming work in us. Thank you for this particular discipline of reading your word, reflecting upon it, and praying about it. It’s such a simple, yet powerful thing. Thank you for never failing to meet us here. We pray this in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.