Tuesday, May 16, 2017

A Time to Keep Silent, A Time to Speak

Call it a curse, call it a blessing - but every time I set out to do something I ask my self, "Why?"  "Why would I do this or why would I do that?"  Looking back, that's precisely how I started my blogging journey three years ago.

"When I first heard of blogging, I initially thought "Why would anyone do that?"  It reminds me of  when I was young and first exposed to the process involved in having children.  I remember saying, "Why would anyone do that!"
I have lived long enough to get answers in both cases.  However, giving birth to a blog several years ago still makes me feel like I did when I was handed my first born and sent home to figure it all out."

Just like parenting, there's been a lot of trial and error, but there's also been great information and great mentors that have influenced me along the way.  I will be forever grateful to those who impacted our family's parenting process.  Today, I am thankful for those who have been influencing me as a person and as a writer.

Also as a parent, I admit that there were days I questioned my purpose and my influence, but no matter what came our family's way, God's Word and good mentors helped me find the bravery, the courage and the heart to move forward.

As a writer, I have questioned my purpose and my influence as well.  For a season, I chose to keep those thoughts to myself.  And although I knew where to find the bravery, the courage and the heart, I still chose to keep silent.

For those of you who know me really well, I have followed Christ from a young age and have held close to my heart the verses from Ecclesiastes 3:1-8:

For everything there is a season,
and a time for every matter under heaven:

. . .  a time to keep silence, and a time to speak . .

The choice to keep silent can be the result of a lack of courage or it can be the result of applied wisdom.  Only the one making the choice will truly know.  I can't say what is was that has happened, but it was made clear to me that it is no longer a time to keep silent, but it is a time to speak.  It is my prayer that any future words serve to be a blessing!