Recently, I was talking with one of my friends about this blog – the lessons I’ve learned, the connections I’ve made, the experiences that I’ve had and I came to a realization about my goals when it comes to the blog. On one hand, I would love for this blog to have a bazillion visitors per day with just 10% clicking on my Google AdSense links so I can retire from my 9-5 job and blog to my little heart’s content. Yes, that would be great. But in the face of reality, when pressed about what about this blog gives me the most happiness, it comes down to whether or not I can make and impact.
I feel most glad when something I write is able to reach out and touch one of you. It brings a smile to my face when one of you takes the time to send me an email letting me know how much something I said made a difference in your life. It’s not about the giveaways, the cool products I get to test, or even the online buddies that I meet. Don’t get me wrong, those are all bonus. What matters to me is whether or not I can bring a little bit of positivity, insight, support, or encouragement to a reader….even if it’s just one reader.
Once I made that realization, I decided that it was time for a change. In the coming weeks, this blog will be changing – new name, new design, new focus. We’ll still have product reviews, giveaways, and our typical savings fare, but I’ll be adding more of something which I’ve typically kept close to the vest. With our new site, I’ll be sharing more of the lessons that I’ve learned in my journey in Christ. In order to grow – spiritually, personally, mentally – and even “bloggily” changes must be made.
I truly believe that God does not want us to live unchanging lives. If we spend our entire lives exactly the same, how does that make Christians any different from anyone else? As a believer in Christ, I think it’s my responsibility and the way that I honor Him, to continuously grow, reflect on how I can be better, and constantly strive to be more in HIM each day. If we pray, seek the Lord, embrace the Lord, more and more each day, it is impossible to NOT change.
If we reflect back on our lives and see no growth at all, the question becomes whether we are upholding our responsibility as people who proclaim a love of Christ. If we don’t see change? We should pray to the Lord for change. If we need help to change, we should pray to the Lord for help.
One way that I think about it is this – in our lives, we are like a pool of water. If we allow the spirit of Christ to constantly flow, the water within the pool (or the spirit within us) will constantly be changed, emptied and filled with new water. However, if we don’t allow any change to occur, don’t allow His spirit to flow through us, then the pool of water becomes stagnant. The water becomes cloudy, murky and begins to grow icky stuff.
If we don’t want our lives to become just as cloudy and gross as a pool of stagnant water, then change and growth through Jesus are needed!
So stay tuned as we start to empty our blog of old water and fill it afresh with His water.
Peace and Blessings!