I realized that I’ve never explained why we have this website / blog, so I thought I’d do that now. For the longest time, I resisted maintaining a blog. I think I had two extreme images of “blogs” in my mind. First, the “intense confessional journal” blog… somehow I thought I’d have to share my most personal thoughts and feelings, and it felt strange to just put that out there to nobody in particular. I preferred (and still do) to do that in person. Second, the “polished, formal and professional” blog… it’s not really my style to use fancy language and complicated words; I prefer a more conversational, engaging tone. Anyway, since neither of these extremes appealed to me, I decided I’d just keep my thoughts and writing to myself.
So I actually wrote pages and pages in my own journal, through paper and on the computer. I learned that writing is really something that helps me to process and to grow as a person, because it challenges me to think about what I’m doing, and the world around me. It challenges me to change, as I continually learn and realize where I am wrong.
But it’s really easy to keep your thoughts to yourself; there’s only so much you will grow if you never put yourself out there for others to see and engage. You can formulate theories and opinions all day long, and your computer or journal can become a safe cove of rationalization and self-justification. It can breed the mindset that you can figure everything out yourself, without the input or wisdom of others. And behind it all, this was my shield, covering up my fear and insecurity about putting myself out there; concealing my doubt that I had anything of value to offer.
There’s this great quote from the movie “Shadowlands” (a kind of biography of author and philosopher C.S. Lewis): “We read to know we’re not alone.” I feel similarly about writing, since it’s not about keeping things to ourselves, but sharing and making connections with others. And so this website is an attempt to share and connect with others of various perspectives.
You may notice that there are categories about various topics, from food to media to culture and faith. This is really a reflection of who we are, since we have so many interests and find joy in so many arenas of life… so we didn’t want to create just a “food blog” or a “sports blog” or a “religious/ministry blog.” And this website is not just a place for people who believe or think in one particular way, but is for everyone we know and care for, and others who want to engage.
Thanks for reading and for all your contributions, whether on this blog, on Facebook, through e-mail, or through conversations that have been stimulated in person! We are looking forward to continuing the dialogue and getting to know you all better, as we share our thoughts and lives with one another.