People ask me why I blog. Sometimes I ask myself.
- Why would I spend 10+ hours a week laboring over my laptop?
- Why would I attempt to invest in the lives of faceless digital strangers?
- Why would I commit to sharing so much of myself with no promise of any return?
These are the questions I ask myself as I stare at a blank computer screen. These are the subtle and dangerous cues from an enemy who would gladly snatch the words from my fingertips.
This is the wall that I’m forced to climb every time I sit down to write. This is my resistance.
As I sit and stare at my wall, my mind wanders to the writers who’ve spoken directly to me through their amazing words.
- John Maxwell inspires me to use whatever influence I have for the development and empowerment of others.
- Donald Miller reminds me to live a better story and to boldly share that story with others.
- Seth Godin challenges me to do work that matters and to write words that actually change people’s lives.
- John Piper encourages me to find my greatest joy in writing about and pointing people to the Author of my salvation.
I long to inspire and build people the same way that Maxwell does. My heart beats to point people to the immeasurable beauty and riches found in God with the lyrical style that Piper exemplifies. With their help, I scale the wall and get back to work.
Little did I know where my work would take me…
I believe in the written word and its power to transform people. For as long as I’ve been writing, a huge goal of mine has been to serve others by writing books. In all honesty, I want to write as many of them as I can before God takes me home.
I’m overjoyed to announce that I’ve been given a chance to do just that. Thomas Nelson Publishers, a publisher whom I admire greatly, has asked me to come in and write my first book for them.
I’ll be writing for recent college graduates and others in life/career transition. The goal is to not only encourage and inspire these people as they (re)start their lives, but to give them practical advice and wisdom as they navigate life’s promised struggles.
This is a message that I feel is extremely needed. I know what it looks like to struggle through these seasons of transition. I have the opportunity to work with and minister to people in this stage of life on a regular basis and look forward to serving more people in similar positions.
I didn’t earn this.
To be completely straight, I didn’t expect this to opportunity to come my way for many, many years if at all. I don’t feel like I’ve earned it by any means. All I can do is point to our incredible God who would redeem my backwards, twisted story and use it to help others.
I feel immensely blessed, but incredibly burdened at the same time. Words matter a lot more than we think. I can only pray that my words would be helpful and never hurtful. Please join me in that prayer that my writing would always be faithful and helpful.
I need your stories.
My goal is to serve people; not to serve myself. I’ve got lots of stories, but this book isn’t about me. Really, its about you. That said, I need your stories.
- College Graduation
- Career Change
- Job Hunting
- Changing Relationships
Please share your experiences in the comments section below or send me an email.
Thank you all again for your readership and your support. This couldn’t have happened without this blog and its community of amazing readers. I’ll continue to keep everybody updated from time to time. I can’t wait to embark on this journey with you all.