Wednesday, October 18, 2006
The High Calling of Blogging
Whoa. Whoa. Whoa.
Sunday's post "Blogging for the Long Tail" especially caught my attention. It demonstrates Andrew's unique blend of practical advice (re blogging, SEO, and the Long Tail) and theology (what a beautiful way to re-envision Asaph's Psalm 78!)
Andrew provides a good reminder that what we write--even for the tiniest of audiences, l.l.--can bring Glory to God. And who knows what audiences will find our old stories and poems and essays?
Here's the verse my wife framed for me. It hangs just to the right of my computer screen at work. The line's not from Asaph, just an unnamed "afflicted man": Write these things for the future so that people who are not yet born will praise the Lord.
In God Works in Your Daily Grind, Todd Lake puts it this way: "God is not looking for . . . any of us to dream up something dramatic to do for our Lord. We have been called by God to simple, faithful integrity in our daily work."
Here are some questions (for myself and others):
Can we spend our entire lives writing and writing and creating and creating and be content with no reader except God himself?
Can we be content with "simple, faithful integrity"?
Does my work have value if the best attribution identifies it as simply the work of "an afflicted man"? Does yours?
(Note: this is also my first attempt at a trackback to another blog. Blogger doesn't do these easily, so we'll see if it works.)
Anyhow, I love what you quote here, "Write these things for the future so that people who are not yet born will praise the Lord." This is why I write (the book anyway)... see, the other day someone asked me if I write because I just "have to" and if I get cranky when I "don't write"...
She seemed shocked by my answer. I told her I generally prefer to do other things than write, and I get cranky when I do write. Writing is a call I answer, like this call from the character you quote.
If I could just get people to praise the Lord by getting a good night's sleep in my snuggly bed, well, I'd choose that over writing, any day!
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