As a writer, I’ve never been much of a self-starter.
Oh, I can meet a deadline alright.
I can churn out pretty decent copy, too – and at a rate that some find impressive…a talent that made it possible for me to earn a nice living through the years, doing nothing more useful than putting squiggles on a sheet of paper (or later, a computer screen) for a succession of corporate clients.
But ask me to come up with an original story that someone might want to read…or work up a book-length exploration of a topic that might add light to the national discourse…that’s the kind of challenge that tends to stop me in my tracks.
Suffice it to say, it can be frustrating to be a good writer – but one who finds he has nothing terribly useful or original to share with the reading public.
So I found it intriguing (and amusing) to receive a congratulatory message from WordPress last week – marking the ninth anniversary of the blog I publish on their platform.
Nine years. That ain’t nothing, I guess – especially for a guy who spent 40+ years wondering if he’d ever get past the first page in composing his Great American Novel.
All told, I figure I’ve now produced about 280,000-words worth of “found spirituality” in my semi-regular series of blog posts since 2013. I hope some – or most – of those words have been a blessing to you through the years.
They’ve certainly been a blessing to me – as I was reminded when I reflected on these words we hear in Sunday’s gospel reading:
Give, and gifts will be given to you; a good measure, packed together, shaken down, and overflowing, will be poured into your lap.
You see, my blog of “found spirituality” started in just such a fashion nine years ago: I resolved then to listen a bit more intently for the words that the Spirit was putting on my heart; and to freely share what I heard with anyone who was inclined to read along.
The words have been flowing – even overflowing – into my lap ever since. And for that gift, I am truly grateful, Lord!
PS: In case you’re curious…here are links to the early months of my blog – both “Steadfast Spirit”, where it all began in Lent of 2013, and “With Us Still”, where I continue to share the Good News today!
Let us pause now…to recall that we are in the presence of the Holy & Merciful One.