It was 56 months ago that we launched this blog, ThePreachersWord, as a means to expand our ministry. We started with no readers, no posts, and no “hits.”
Today, according to WordPress we have 3,673 followers and 156 topics categorized for easy reference. ThePreachersWord has been read in 190 countries and territories around the world! Our posts have been reblogged. Copied for bulletin articles. Used for short talks. And delivered as Lord supper devotions.
Now, we have reached another milestone. This is post #1300. So, I wonder is it time to quit. Let me share a few reasons why it makes sense to discontinue this endeavor.
(1) I make mistakes.
Lots of mistakes. My readers have been very kind to overlook grammatical errors. Typos. And misspelled words. Once in writing about marriage I meant to affirm that God’s plan was between one man and one woman. Unfortunately, I left off the letters “wo” on woman. A kind reader called it to my attention. And the mistake was quickly corrected. But I can’t seem to write the perfect post. So, maybe it’s time to quit.
(2) Other writers are better than I am.
I marvel at the writing ability of some of my colleagues. There are many who write blogs, post on facebook and publish on line magazines who are far more talented than I am. I am in awe of their skill. Their creativity. Their analytical insights. Since, I’m not as good as some of them, maybe I should discontinue this feeble effort, and leave the writing to those more talented.
(3) Some people criticize my posts.
Not everyone likes what I write. Some disagree with the content. Others question my conclusions. And I’ve learned that there are readers who are not fond of my writing style. Since I want everyone to be happy with my blog, it makes sense to it give up.
(4) Sometimes I fail to live up to what I write.
It’s embarrassing. But true. As I challenge others to live godly, think more nobly, and serve with greater dedication, I realize I fall short. Too often. I must admit that I’m not perfect. Maybe it would be better not to be blogger until I can be better.
(5) Blogging requires a great deal of effort and takes a lot of time.
In the past 4 ½ years, I have spent roughly 3,000 hours researching, writing, and posting my blog. That’s 125 days! Think of all the fun things I could have been doing besides blogging? And considering the first four reasons, the fifth makes perfect sense.
So, I guess I should quit. Right?
I’m not quitting. At least, not yet.
But the above “reasons” have often been offered as a justification for quitting the church. Quitting the Lord. Quitting on a relationship. Or just quitting on life. They’re not valid reasons. They’re excuses. I hope by looking at them through a different lens that you will conclude that you should never ever give up on your faith.
While ThePreachersWord is but a speck in the blogosphere, I hope it will help you just a little bit to hold on. For whatever positive influence that we can exert, whatever good we can accomplish, and whatever reassurance we can offer, we rejoice in the Lord and give Him the glory.
I appreciate the encouragement, comments, and questions from our readers. Thanks to my wife, Norma Jean, who offers suggestions and proof reads many of the posts.
Although I’m not planning on quitting this blog, I am taking a break. Our annual anniversary break. So, for the next 9 days we will enjoy some R & R as we celebrate our 48th anniversary on an Alaskan cruise.
This year, however, I’m having some past posts reblogged while we’re away. They will be fresh for new readers. And hopefully be enjoyed again by our long time subscribers.
Thanks for your support of ThePreachersWord.
–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman