On Plodding

Tim Challies wrote this about Christian blogs and Christian bloggers, but I think it applies to everyone who writes for a living, and I especially loved this part.

What we’re convinced is a home run is often a single and what we’re convinced is a single is often a home rum. What I’ve learned over many years of doing this is that some of the articles I thought the weakest were the ones God used in the biggest ways. But I would never have submitted them to a ministry blog, which means readers never would have had the benefit of reading them. How many helpful and biblical articles are sitting unpublished because the writer thought they weren’t good enough? [Challies]

I have found that to be very true in my own work in my own circles, and it’s a reminder that as much as we try to plan and think about the future, it’s never exactly what we expect for it to be.

When Grain and Wine Abound

I love this from the psalmist in Psalm 4:7.

You have put more joy in my heart than they have when their grain and wine abound.

-Psalm 4:7

The Bible is big on feasting (which I love), which makes this an even more powerful statement than it maybe seems.

I don’t think we talk about the pleasures of food and drink in the Christian world — I think they’re very powerful and can often be idols — and because of that this verse maybe doesn’t resonate like it should.