What a week.
Of all the dynamics visible in the unpredictable and tumultuous events of these times, a persistent theme continues to play through my mind: How comforting it is to be able to rely on the unchanging nature of God and His Word.
If you’re not a person of faith, that may seem cliché.
But for me, it’s the Truth which has calmed and comforted me through painful and difficult seasons—and continues to do so today.
As I watch and read the news—and witness the hourly shifting sands of the world in which we live—I’m reminded of Jesus’ warnings about both the type of foundation on which we build our lives, and the things in which we invest.
In Matthew 7:24-27, He urges us to build our lives on the Rock of Him, instead of the shifting sands we are witnessing today.
And in Matthew 6:19-21, He admonishes us to invest in that which is lasting and eternal—instead of that which moth and rust can destroy.
If those concepts are new to you, then I urge you to please investigate them further.
And if they’re already part of your life, I encourage you to embrace them ever more fully and share Jesus with those you love.
In last week’s column, I talked about the journey I’ve been on to gain clarity regarding the direction God wants for my writing—and how I’m discovering that through what I need to let go of, what I need to keep, and what I need to return to that I hadn’t even considered.
In this Part 2, I’d like to share a little about my thoughts around What I Need to Keep.
What I Need to Keep
The differentiating factor I wanted to embrace as I covered the Boomer Continuum™ was the inclusion of a foundation of Christian faith.
When I started my Bibles & Bathrobes™ video devotionals in the fall of 2017, I didn’t exactly know where I was going with those, but I knew I loved to study the Bible and share what I learned there in a way that could help others.
Since I was in the midst of completing a graduate degree in Digital Journalism and Design, I was knee-deep in learning various ways that technology can enhance the ability to communicate on a broader scale.
Plus, I know there are many, many individuals who feel isolated and alone.
And, I really appreciate someone who is willing to let go of polish and pretenses to enable authentic engagement.
Those combined dynamics resulted in at-will transformations of my little country-living study into a mini-recording studio where I talk into the video camera of my iPhone from my red couch, while in my red robe, with no makeup, and a bed-head of hair I usually forget to comb.
These short, usually-under-three-minute episodes have made a greater impact than I expected, and I’m grateful for and humbled by the positive feedback I’ve received.
One thing’s for sure, creating them helps me just-as-much-if-not-more than anyone who’s willing to put up with my unkempt state and simple approach to sharing God’s Word.
I had taken a break from recording new episodes daily, but have recently returned to my recording-studio couch, and currently plan to post new editions to my blog on Sunday mornings.
Also, with my recent subscription to ConvertKit, I’m now able to provide daily email delivery of the many episodes I’ve created over previous years, and new episodes will be added there, too.
If you’re one of the many who’ve signed up for email delivery—thank you!
So, a focus on faith is definitely a keeper, and will continue to be a primary focus of the content I create.
Content related to end-of-life is another thing I’ll continue to keep, but it may have a different focus than what I’d originally envisioned.
I’m passionate about helping others find peace during this final season—and I believe the key components of doing so are about emotional and spiritual preparation.
Of course, addressing physical issues of disease progression, such as pain and other symptoms is essential, but there are many resources to help individuals do that.
That’s why I want to focus more specifically on being prepared spiritually—which in my belief system means having a relationship with Jesus—as well as being prepared emotionally.
The latter includes practical things, like having advance directives and organizing essential information—as well as nurturing the relationships that will matter most when someone is facing their final moment here on earth.
Topics related to disability travel will continue, as well. I haven’t had the chance to develop this category as much as the others, but in my research, I see a great need for reliable content in this area—so there will be more of that to come.
And, of course, my fiction writing will continue on. Having not published anything in that realm just yet, it feels separate from my website content to me, but hopefully that will change in the coming year (or so).
That’s it for current thoughts on What I Need to Keep, and I just want to thank you for letting me share them with you.
It means more to me than you know that you’re here with me, sharing my world, and I’d sure like to share yours with you, too.
In the spirit of simplicity, I’d also love to hear what things you think you may need to let go of and what things you may need to keep.
If you’d like to share, please join the (very public) conversation by commenting below.
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