Sometimes writers run out of things to say.
Other times writers have lots to say but don’t quite know how to describe their thoughts… so they wait for the right words.
And then there are times when there are so many things to say that everything blurs into one big mess of thoughts… which is where I’m finding myself lately.
I have so much to write about, but over-posting often results in readers skimming through without taking the time to reflect. I want my readers to be able to actually stop and read the words!! I don’t want so much quantity in my writing that the entire point is missed! So my aim recently has been to pack more meaning into fewer words, keeping my posts at under 600 words. It’s actually been quite a good challenge for me!
Today though, I want to share my thoughts, in an unorganized sort of way. I know well-esteemed speakers suggest to focus on one thought and go deeper into it. This way, the human mind – which cannot grasp many ideas at once, can take one piece away from what you’re saying.￼ Today I’m going to go out and do the opposite. If it’s hard for you to follow, go ahead and just take one thought to hold onto as I ramble through them. Slowly reading each thought, then stopping to consider it before moving on to the next is key.
Things on my mind recently:
1) ￼Speaking less really does help people to listen more.
2) There’s so many people trying to be heard, maybe the best thing I can do for this generation is to stop and listen.
3) Why do people blame our technology for the busy and distracted lives we lead? The issue is and will always be the human heart.
4) Our world is beginning to hate children. This annoyance for the gems of our world is even creeping into the church. This deeply concerns me.
5) Everyone talks faith, but I can count on one hand those who are living it out.
6) In the west everyone seems to be depressed or anxious… I hear these words so often I’m sick of them. There are thousands of options to treat the symptoms, but everyone is too afraid to go and actually address the root.
7) I witness millions of miracles daily. I’m typing on one of them right now. I turn a switch and light floods the room. Amazing! Yet I don’t even notice any of it until it’s gone.
8) Friends are either honest or kind. But rare indeed are those who are both.
9) Requiring good behaviour doesn’t shape a child’s heart the right way. Only wisdom and gentle love does.
10) One joyful person is contagious, spreading lighthearted life to everyone they meet. But in the same way, a bitter person spreads their poison like a contagious disease.
11) Those consumed with talk of politics or the church are among the most unhappy people.
12) Daily time with God is more essential than food or sleep. No one seems to believe me. I’ve been told that daily devotions and prayer is an “unrealistic expectation.”
Yet I’ve done it for years because the fullness of good life advice and practical truth are found in God’s word… not in well written books or sermons. Which brings me to my last thought:
13) When God speaks, it sticks!￼ I forget most of the sermons and books I’ve read over the years. But I’ve never forgotten a personal word from God.￼