I noticed something the other day that really struck me as important. Back at the beginning of December I started a category called In a Funk. Because I usually go through a difficult emotional time in the winter months, I was preparing for it and the eventual posts that would be a result.
If you’ll notice though, I only wrote three posts that I deemed funk-worthy. This is really significant to me. I’ve talked about my bout with depression before and although I am healed from it, I do still experience the occasional winter blues. Believe me though, those are two very different things but that’s a post for another time.
Anyway, where was I going with this, oh yeah, In a Funk. My husband and I were talking yesterday about blogs, not just mine but yours and yours and well all of yours. You see, although he would never consider having a blog of his own, he knows what a big part of my life it’s become and so he reads your blogs too. He mostly reads the blogs of the people that comment here.
So, there we were sitting in bed in the morning talking about blogging and wondering if I could come up with a post about what works for me. I am not usually one who is able to be given a topic and run with it. I have to feel inspired; I usually have posts rambling around in my head for weeks before I start to put all the pieces together. I sometimes write up draft forms but most of the time I will just title a post, place a one line description in the body and hit save. Then I’ll let that post meander around until it forms a complete post in my head. This method seems to suit me best.
As we were talking yesterday, I began to think about how much my blogging topics in general have changed since I first put fingers to the keyboard. If you’ve ever read over at Humble Pie, my first blog, you’ve probably noticed that I wrote as if I was a different person over there. Now I would have to say that for the most part I still believe and feel very much the same about what I wrote there but I definitely have more fun over here.
I have always loved to laugh and joke; I am the person who can not go through a full conversation without attempting to make someone laugh. I approach uncomfortable situations with jokes, possibly snide remarks and sarcasm. When I accepted Christ I attempted to stifle that part of my personality, after all laughing and joking couldn’t possibly be Christian-like. Seriousness and soberness seemed more in order.
I don’t know when God began to change my viewpoint on this, one day I was tisk-tisking a Christian comedian and the next I was making a joke of my own. It felt good to laugh and joke again; it is a part of who God made me to be. Being humorous is a very important part of my God-given personality. The more I read the Word and the more confident I became that my relationship with Jesus Christ was rock-solid, the more I found to laugh and joke about. Grace is, after all, a joyous thing!
Think about this, children were drawn to Jesus while he walked this earth. So much so that at times the disciples felt they had to wave them away. What type of person are children drawn to normally? Is it stern Uncle Albert or goofy Grandpa Pimrod? Children were drawn to Jesus and this tells me he was a joy and maybe even a hoot to be around.
So now even though the name sounds as though you’re going to get an eyeball full of theology, most of my blog is light-hearted. I would never consider changing the name though because I sincerely believe that my laughter and yours is for His glory. Consider this scripture:
Our mouths were filled with laughter,
our tongues with songs of joy.
Then it was said among the nations,
“The LORD has done great things for them.”
The nations recognized how great God was by their laughter and their joy!
My life is not perfect. I may not rant and rave on my blog about all the difficulties our family encounters. I may not spend a lot of my posts complaining or asking for prayer. But it’s not because I have nothing bothering me. I would venture to say that some of you reading here, if you knew some of my life’s circumstances would not want my life. But as I focus on the good, I find less posts to put in the Funk category.
No, my life is not perfect but my future is! I have been guaranteed an eternity in heaven with a great and wonderful God, with a ginormous family and angels abounding.
No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him. 1 Corinthians 2:9
And I do love Him!
So who do I blog for? Jesus. Who is my audience? God and anyone else who enjoys a laugh.
Blogging with humor, finally something that works for me!