Let the Blogs Begin!
Jared and I have been looking forward to posting this first entry for over six months. The dream of developing our blogs has infiltrated much of our conversations over dinner, in the car, and on walks. It is exciting that the launch day is finally here.
We decided to write our first entry together because our big picture goal for our blogs is identical. Though we are not wired the same and our writing styles reflect such differences, we desire to empower guys and girls to experience the meaningful life God has designed for them:
John 10:10 – Jesus said…“I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”
I Timothy 6:17 – Instruct those who are rich in the present age not to be arrogant or to set their hope on the uncertainty of wealth, but on God, who richly provides us with all things to enjoy. Instruct them to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous, willing to share, storing up for themselves a good foundation for the age to come, so that they may take hold of life that is real.
This initial post will be one of the few times we write together for several reasons. First, we believe different challenges and the manifestations of those challenges in guys’ and girls’ lives are unique. As a result, we feel it is important to have separate forums in order to most effectively address these issues in a way that maximizes your ability to relate to our insights.
Second, we have different personalities which are evident in our writing. I (Michelle) am a feeler and relational to the core, while Jared is more logical and a problem-solver. We decided creating separate blogs would enable each of us to most effectively express ourselves and our thoughts.
Finally, on a lighter note, we also decided to not frequently write together to ensure our marriage remains strong and thriving. We had a good laugh when we read a quote from former President Jimmy Carter discussing the process of co-authoring a book with his wife, Rosalynn. He explained that writing together resulted in some of their most heated arguments as a married couple. Sparks have definitely flown between us when we’ve edited each other’s work, and we bet you can relate if you have ever done a home renovation project with someone close to you. Ah, such sweet bonding time.
What You Can Expect
Our blog entries will not be focused on updating you on “the lives and times of Michelle and Jared.” Such posts would only positively impact your life if you were having trouble sleeping! Although we will definitely weave relevant situations from our past and present circumstances into our entries, the focus of our posts will be to present Biblical insights to encourage you to do the following:
- see yourself and your circumstances through God’s lens
- place your faith in God rather than earthly pursuits
- recognize and replace your misconceptions regarding God’s character
- grow authentically in your relationship with God
- engage with God genuinely
- apply your authentic faith in God to amplify fulfillment in your life
We realize our focus on faith will elicit a broad range of responses from our readers. As I (Jared) reflected on how to address these varied reactions in this first post, the thought occurred to me that our views on faith in God can be similar to our views on purchasing an iPhone.
Please bear with me as I explain this analogy for a couple reasons. Not only is it wholly insufficient on several levels, I also happen to be the polar opposite of tech savvy. In fact, I am like the guy who bought the latest Mac last week and just texted his buddy this morning proclaiming, “Dude, this thing is sweet! I figured out how to play solitaire on here!” Sheer genius, I know.
When many of us consider faith in God or purchasing an iPhone, we may have one or more of the following thoughts:
- I am just not interested
- It costs too much
- It seems too complex; I don’t have time to figure it out
- I don’t need it; it doesn’t offer me anything I can’t get elsewhere
- It seems trendy, so I better get it
- I have to have it; I want to learn all about it
No matter which category you most identify with, there are benefits to not accepting complacency in your faith. For example, if you fall in the latter two categories, you may claim to have faith but may not be experiencing the power and peace available through a genuine relationship with God. This is analogous to owning a fully-loaded iPhone with its seemingly thousands of valuable applications, but only using it to give someone a call. There is so much capability and possibility within our reach, but so much of it remains under utilized. Among our blogs’ goals is to explain how to increase our faith in God and apply it in a life-altering way.
Regardless of where you are, we believe you can benefit from engaging with our blogs if you are willing to consider faith in God with an open mind and honestly evaluate yourself and your life.
Your End of the Bargain
We are empathetic to the fact that your life is likely already full of many activities and obligations, just like ours. As a result, we will only be posting approximately once a week so you can engage with our blogs on your terms. When you do find some free moments, we encourage you to spend time wrestling with the perspectives presented and reflecting on both your positive and negative responses. Any feedback you want to share is more than welcome.
If you would like to consistently follow our blogs you can subscribe at the top right of this web page. There is no cost to subscribe, but we are hopeful among the benefits you receive will be discovering how to live the fulfilling life you desire. We are excited to process and grow with you in the coming days as we share the insights we believe God is teaching us. Thanks for stopping by and we look forward to sharing our next posts with you soon.