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In one of my classes that just finished up, we had one journal entry due each week, based on the topic given by our teacher. Now, this whole “required journaling” thing strikes me as odd. Requiring someone to reflect on their lives in one particular manner neglects the myriad of ways that people are already doing this. I can almost guarantee that people do some sort of reflection, whether through conversation (a big one), a diary, a blog, just thinking to themselves, and many others. At the same time, I have grown to see the value in being intentional and faithful about writing one’s reflections and exploring faith, life, and whatnot through words and pictures. And then coming back to it. I’m reminded of the end of Shakespeare’s Sonnet 18: “So long lives this [writing], and this gives life to thee.” Ideas have a life of their own, but this life is oh-so-short if we don’t write them down. People are, after all, quite forgetful. Even me. Especially me (just ask my wife). Getting into the habit of doing a double-entry meta-reflective journal-extraordinaire (the last compound word is my doing) is a truly valuable skill for anyone, but especially someone who is to be a future leader in the church, and is seeking to more fully join in the missio Dei.
I’ve been following and reading blogs for a while now (and dabbling in Twitter), testing the waters of social media. Yes, I’ve been on Facebook since it’s inception, but have only recently used it to network with more than my friends. I’ve also kept a journal sporadically since I was in elementary school. I figure now, as I’m coming in to my own as a married man, seminary student, and aspiring Renaissance man, is as good as any time to finally start this blog.
As for the actual subject matter of the blog, it will likely start as a bit of mixed bag. I strive to be well-rounded, and explore all of the neat things life has to offer. While I’m an aspiring (albeit failing) Renaissance man, I’ll mostly focus on matters of faith and reflections on life. That said, staying true to my liberal arts education and interests, I’ll throw in some posts about music, art, literature, and sports. I’m going to try my best to avoid any cute stories or videos featuring my cat…but no promises.
Thanks for reading!