My writing in this space has slowed, hasn’t it? I’m not sure what to make of that. How about you? What changes are you seeing in your writing? Are there differences in the frequency with which you write online, or has your online preference moved from blogging to Facebook or Twitter or something else? I rarely ever say never, but what I feel for sure is that it will be a very long time from now that I stop blogging. The frequency may change over the seasons of my life, but I really do like it here. And, I really do like you. I’m grateful for the conversations we have here and for the many ways you challenge my thinking and press into the things we think about together.
Blogging has introduced me to some incredible people — deep thinkers who live into grace and who know how to live life well. Blogging has also given me lots of opportunities to write and to think. One thing that’s interesting about that is, when I write for different online spaces, I write to deadlines that rarely fall close to each other. But, the articles may appear online at the same time. That happened recently, and I wanted to give you the chance to pick something that resonates with you, either at the High Calling, in the Washington Post, or at (in)courage. You can click over to read each article, and share your thoughts in the comments, or around your dinner table, or in your journal, or on your own blog. These four pieces come from four different seasons of my life. But, they’re all me and they reflect specific insights I’ve learned along the way:
At the High Calling
Last week’s theme at the High Calling was “What My Employer Gets Right,” and I wrote two devotional reflections — one ran on Sunday, and the other one ran on Saturday. I think it’s easier for us to talk about the things our employers do that get on our nerves. But what about those employers who take good care of their employees? And how about you? Are you an employer, a manager, or a supervisor at work? What do you think your employees would say about what it’s like to work for you?
At the Washington Post
When a pool party went wrong in McKinney, Texas, the responses were pretty predictable to me. Before the comments and commentaries began piling up, it was fairly clear what the arguments would be and how the sides would shape up. The predictability fascinates me, and I can’t help but wonder what would be different if the Church could be different. The Washington Post reached out to me and asked if I’d write something in response to the incident. You can google McKinney, Texas, if you’re unsure about what happened. Then, click through to read my thoughts about how we might be able to do things differently.
A few months ago, I found myself dealing with a bout of depression. Calling it “a bout of depression” doesn’t quite convey the gravity or the darkness of that season. I wrote about that season for the community at (in)courage and, as is usually the case, sharing about that heavy journey made it safe for others to talk about their own experiences with doubt and fear, anxiety and depression, and darkness and heaviness that you just can’t shake loose. If you’ve ever experienced a crisis of faith, or depression, or a season of sadness and darkness, I hope you’ll visit this article, read the comments, and know you’re not alone. Sometimes, knowing you’re not the only one is a small, small pinprick of light in what feels like impenetrable darkness.
Join the conversation by clicking through to read What if Praise is a Cartwheel?
How about you?
I’d love to know how you’re feeling about your writing these days. What are you writing? Where are you writing? And, if you’re not writing, how are you feeling about that? On my Facebook timeline, I posted a link to an article about two well-known bloggers who have called it quits. I’d be interested to hear your thoughts about that, too.
And finally, I want to encourage you to consider going to the Women of Faith Farewell Tour when it comes to your region of the country. You can click through here to read more about that. To get $20 off your registration, just enter the code DRIGGS20 on the Women of Faith registration page. If you decide to go, I hope you’ll let me know!
Top image by Dirk Mathesius for visitBerlin, used with permission. Second image by Christopher Sessums, used with permission. Last image taken by Sam Van Eman, at Threshold at Laity Lodge (you should go there).