In a nutshell…memory, journaling, sharing, and God.
I have a terrible memory. If I’m not really focused on whatever is happening, I will likely forget it 30 seconds later. Most people use social media to connect with others…and I suppose I do too on some level…but in truth? I use Facebook and Pinterest to log my experiences and bookmark things or ideas I want to remember. So when I discovered journaling about a year ago, I was ecstatic! Why hadn’t I been doing this all along? Probably because keeping a diary wasn’t “cool”. I used to care about such things, but now I’m kicking myself. I could have written down and remembered my entire life!
Now I know that one of the coolest things about journaling is being able to go back and read it again and again. I can see how my opinions and thoughts change over time and in the context of new experiences. I can see how far I have come…how far I still have to go. I can see events that seemed insignificant at the time fit perfectly into the grander puzzle of the plan God has for me.
Another truth? Journaling is a great release, but it’s time consuming to hand write everything! And in a world of computers and iPhones and tablets, who even knows how to write with pen and paper anymore? It actually hurt my hand and my wrist, being so out of practice! Besides, I like to write and then re-write and then rearrange my thoughts. That is simply easier to do electronically. Maybe it is time to try blogging.
It seems like everyone has a blog these days. It’s the thing to do…which is exactly why I didn’t want to do one. Plus, I have no idea how to manage a blog. But I have been discovering amazing things lately, and I don’t want to forget any of it. Some of the lessons I have learned are so important that I need to make sure my children learn them too, whenever they are ready.
But couldn’t I just keep an electronic journal, pass it on to my children, and NOT share it with the entire world? For a long time I’ve been putting off the sharing part because I figured no one would care to read my thoughts…or maybe because I was scared of what “they” might say about my thoughts. More on “they” to come later, but ultimately the voice inside me won’t be quiet until I get all these thoughts written down. It wakes me up at night. It interrupts my workday. It tugs on me when I’m spending time with my family. So whatever my excuses for delaying this blog, I simply can’t ignore it any longer. I’m convinced that voice is God, and He wants me to share what I’m learning with others.
So this blog is for God, in hopes that it is pleasing to Him.
And it’s for my kids, in hopes that they will learn from my journey.
And it’s for my family and friends, in hopes that they will start to understand my “crazy”.
And it’s for me, in hopes that I remember all the amazing discoveries of life.
And it’s for anyone else out there, in hopes that I help just one other person who may be feeling lost too.
So what is thepath2eternity? It’s figuring out why we’re here, what our purpose is, and where we’re going. It’s unique for every person, crafted and guided by God, revealed to us one small step at a time. And discovering it is amazing and mysterious and joyful!
“The Lord says, ‘I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you.’”
~Psalm 32:8 (NLT)
I pray that this blog documents the lessons learned on my path toward a spiritual, joyful, productive, purposeful, intentional life. I pray it helps others believe that a guided path is possible. Because it really is possible, and once you find it, you won’t ever want to go back.