I was up earlier than my usual waking up hours. I read the Gospel for the day and supplemented it with Day 5 of The Purpose Driven Life.
|Google image Road to Emmaus|
Luke 24:13-35 NIV
I’ve been journeying with a new friend these past couple of days (sent perhaps per scocciare l'anima mia to move back to my center). He praised my earlier writings. that led me to read my own blog. Somehow, he has influenced me in re-assessing my intentions for keeping it. I’ve been writing more for me than for other people. I never imagined myself a ‘guru’ nor an ‘inspiration,’ much less a 'counsellor.' I was surprised by the term ‘life coach.’ Back then, we only had spiritual directors, confessors, formators and psychologists. It’s pretty interesting. But the common thing about these terms is ‘accompaniment’~a word I liked most from my SD ~ pretty much like Jesus and the two disciples walking in Emmaus.
I write what the Spirit blows and my faith experiences. If I’ve led even just one person to pray, praise God! If it stirred emotions because people relate with break-ups, romance, pain, life and death, thanks God! If I
disturbed created tension within with
the issues I raise in my posts and provoke you to act (positively), it’s a cause
for celebration. It is not my task to provide people with answers to their questions. That would be too easy.
I saw the dwindling interests of some readers in my blog. I observed that the ones who come back regularly are my close friends (prayer partner Martha, BS Corinne, spiritual sis Jessica and my #CandyCrushSaga artist-friend Irene and an additional to the list lately, Vishnu) and I get to visit them faithfully.
I believe that God inspires us to read the materials that we need at certain points in our lives. The same way He sends us ‘angels’ to guide and comfort us. When our mission with that person is through, then we have to allow them to fly.
"It is for Your good that I am going away."~ John 16, 7 NIV
Some friends have shifted their interests on publishing their own books, creating photography studios or art online galleries, establishing their causes, and that’s really wonderful. Whatever contributes to their advancement is growth.
Going Back to the Basics ~ Reading God's Words
I, on my part, have moved from reading ‘thousands’ (which is, of course, an exaggeration) of inspirational books/blogs and have just managed to keep a few which I could reflect on.
I used to tell my Jewish friend that if commenting were a job, then I could’ve been paid for doing it (I was referring to my earlier years in blogging). However, within the course of the year, social networking became ‘drab.’ I felt the need to remain hidden for a while and focus on the interior life.
I felt inner freedom after confession and with freedom comes space ~ room for other people. I felt the Spirit opening all the doors and windows for me. There was this urge to relate more with people. So I opened my lines again.
Now, going back to writing, I ask myself…
· * Are my posts still relevant at this time?
· * Do people resonate with my experiences?
· * Are my words life giving?
· * Will people benefit from reading this?
If the (my) answer is yes, then let the blog live... if not, as my SD said, I shouldn't be afraid to let it die a natural death...