WordPress sent me a recap of all the activity on my blog in 2012. When I saw the numbers, I was at once awed and humbled.
It doesn’t matter what the numbers were. What matters to me is all of you. I could hardly believe so many of you stopped by my blog to read the words God gave me to share in 2012. And that so many of you have chosen to follow what God writes through me. In addition to all my wonderful, faithful readers, so many of you have written beautiful, edifying, encouraging comments that bless me more than I can put into words. “Thank you” does not begin to convey my heartfelt gratitude for each one of you. I pass on every encouragement I receive as a praise to God.
It’s Not About Me. It’s All About God.
This blog is not mine. My only role in this blog is to sit at this keyboard, focus on God and move my fingers as God directs them. Every thought, every sentence, every scripture, every keystroke comes by His hand. Not mine. All I do is take dictation.
This Blog Is A Ministry
God called me into ministry at 17 years old when I was at church camp on the campus of Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa. I’m certain God called me, because five pastors there at the youth conference confirmed it for me. A strong urge to teach and preach came over me during the Wednesday night worship service. I didn’t know what it was until I spoke with the pastors for several hours.
JUST TO SHOW HOW GOD WORKS: One of my best buddies for several summers at this Methodist Church Camp at Simpson College was DeLane D. Wright. He and I had some great times messing around like 17-year-old kids will do, and worshiping God and leading camp songs and praising God. Well, today, DeLane is a Methodist minister back in Iowa where we grew up, he in Red Oak and I in Shenandoah. He and I post on each other’s Facebook pages and remain friends. He posts some wonderful thoughts, and some nonsense mixed in. Hey, he’s from Iowa. And he’s a minister.
Well, I didn’t answer the call. Then. I took off down a road that led to lots of heartaches and backsliding for decades. He called me back to Himself in 1986. Then in 2000 He showed me, in vivid detail, my true identity in Christ. I left the job market in 2009. I started blogging in April, 2010. I share those details with you to tell you I now consider For His Glory my ministry. And God has confirmed that for me over and over.
I have been fortunate to be able to publish guest posts from folks I consider not only good writers, but good writers sold out to God. I subscribe to and read many more blogs by writers who have a heart for God and have intimate relationships with Him. I am blessed by each one each time I read them.
For so many years I tried to do all the things I thought would make me acceptable to God. In August, 2000, when I learned my true identity in Christ, I also learned that I was already accepted by God and acceptable to God, just like He made me. But I had lived most of my life beneath the weight of the bondage of performance as the key to salvation, believing I had to do something to gain God’s acceptance and approval. I believed righteousness was something I had to earn by doing enough good things in the world. I was bound by satan’s lie that fueled my ignorance of the rest of the gospel. I learned it was not about what I did that mattered, but who I was in Christ that gave me life.
For His Glory’s Mission
So, my sole purpose, my mission statement for For His Glory is this: I will seek God’s true and perfect will as God writes For His Glory so that readers will know, understand and live out of their true identity in Christ.
I hope you will be as blessed to read what God directs in For His Glory as I will to write for Him.