It is hard to believe, but a year that began with great anticipation is fleeing to a close. In FORTY days, we will say goodbye to 2021 and usher in 2022!
Of course, a new year always comes with new promises. As some of us are getting ready to cook and carve our Thanksgiving turkeys, others are mulling over how to improve their writing and grow their blog in the upcoming new year.
Honestly, I am doing the same thing.
In recent weeks, I’ve found myself knee-deep in several theological discussions, particularly about the role of the Holy Spirit in our lives. I’ve also had discussions about discipleship, community, and our present attitude toward sin amid a culture increasingly put off by conversations about accountability and responsibility. In addition, I’m rediscovering Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Jerry Bridges, and Henri Nouwen.
What are you planning to do with your blog in 2022?
I could easily just write about cats. Our crew of six continues to entertain us and give us joy. The appeal of that is offering the world something that takes their mind of their current doldrums. It’s certainly less controversial than talking about Jesus. I could focus on the challenges created by our neighborhood feral community and the difficulty of trapping them so that they can be neutered and released. However, I’m not sure that’s a debate or discussion I want to commit my time to at the moment. But, maybe there’s a way to devote a couple of posts to the subject.
Perhaps, I should focus on history, particularly American history and offer some pushback to the competing narratives that are increasingly bullying their way to the public stage. I love history, especially American history, and therefore find writing posts about it intriguing. Would I add anything to the conversation?
Another avenue leads to exploring the growing universe of podcasting. I’ve been debating producing my own podcast, but continue to be undecided. I’m currently listening to a couple of podcasts. My favorite one at the moment is “Who Killed Mars Hill?” Produced by Christianity Today, this series digs into the story of mega churches while plowing deep into what happened to a once flourishing church and key voice in American Christianity. If you haven’t done so already, I recommend giving it a lesson. It offers a plethora of lessons, particularly on ministry leadership.
Of course, I can always continue to share about my ministry work with the homeless. In a climate that pushes “Housing First,” as a pliable solution to homelessness, it is increasingly more difficult to get secular organizations to understand the importance of community and relationship in addressing the multifaceted issues of the homeless in America.
Blogging is only one avenue of writing. There is also the more traditional world of magazine articles, stories, and books. The past two plus months, I’ve been honing my personal essay writing in hopes of creating stories others want to read.
One thing is for certain, as 2021 winds down, I am thinking about what this blog, The Devotional Guy™, looks like and sounds like in 2022.
How about you? What does your blogging and writing journey look like in 2022? Now is the time to start planning.
May the Lord shine His favor on you. I pray your time with family and friends will bring you great joy over the next several weeks as we close out another year.
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