I’ve been thinking about my journey as a writer and preacher a lot this week. I’ve been thinking about what it means to mature and evolve and the ways in which the permanency of words can function as a growth chart and/or come back to haunt you. I’ve been thinking about how words can show you how dope and deep you’ve always been and how words can be used against you when you are no longer the person you were when you wrote or said them. This thinking is not being done in a vacuum, rather this week I am preaching from Isaiah 43:1-7 which I recall preaching in my first year of ordained ministry. I won’t go back and read it now because I don’t want to be influenced (or embarrassed) by it. After preaching on Sunday it will be interesting to read and compare the messages. While God has not changed, I have and so has the world.
All that said, I have been—as DJ’s say—digging in the crates and reading my older writings. So for Throwback Thursday, I invite you to head over to From Time to Time, the blog where I chronicled much of my journey in seminary, my early days of marriage and ministry, and the pregnancies and births of Big Girl and Baby Girl. This writing is one that I am proud of and one where I still find inspiration for today:
“Big Girl's excitement about her light-up shoes got me to thinking about what it means to be a Christian, walking in the light of Jesus' love. Do we hide our lights under bushes, or do we skip and hop with joy so that others will see the light of Christ shining in our lives? Do we express our faith at particular times, or do we yearn to always walk in ways that witnesses to the glory and light of God?”
Read the full blog post here.