I started thinking about this a few months ago when I decided to go to Blissdom. And now that my first blog conference is drawing closer, I've been thinking about it even more.
What is HopefulLeigh all about? Heck, what am I all about?
When I started my other blog almost 5 years ago, my purpose was clear: writing about work and play. Many of my family and friends wanted to know more about my job as a then-hospice social worker. It turned out to be rather therapeutic as I shared my experiences on the job and how I unwound when I wasn't working. Then that blog took on a life of its own within the social work and end-of-life communities. Knowing that various medical professionals were taking little old social worker me seriously, I found I wasn't as comfortable posting about the wedding I'd just been in or my favorite books. I made the decision that that blog would become solely professional. But what to do about that other part of me that liked sharing my book and music recommendations or about the recent festival I'd gone to?
Hence, HopefulLeigh was born. "The other part of me," I suppose. I didn't post much here in the spring of 2009, as I was still focused on my other blog.
Then I moved to Nashville this past May and this blog suddenly took more precedence. I started writing more regularly, trying to convey my transition to the South to friends and family back home. I began Sunday Sentiments to keep track of what God has been teaching me. I still write a little bit about this, a little bit about that but I'm not quite clear on my purpose as a blogger or if I even need to have a purpose.
That's why I was excited to hear about @StickyJesus by Tami Heim and Toni Birdsong and to participate in this Read Along. The first chapter has given me much to ponder, like this:
"While everything changes at warp speed, the holy mandate remains: to communicate the gospel in the most relevant channels available here, there, and everywhere." -p. 10
"Do you really believe you can do greater things empowered by the Holy Spirit than even Christ did while He walked the earth?" -p. 12
"Your presence as a believer in social networking circles 'sheds light on' cultural, social, and political issues, world events, personal struggles, and issues of morality that a global culture all but shrouds." -p. 12This gives new meaning to here, there, and everywhere in my mind. We bloggers form virtual friendships, communicating through comments on posts and replies on Twitter. If we're lucky, we get to meet in real life. Social networking has become a catalyst for real-life friendships, linking people who would otherwise never meet.
In answer to the question about outdoing Christ with the help of the Holy Spirit...well, no. Greater things than Jesus? I've never imagined such a thing, much less believed it, mostly because I don't think the question has ever been posed to me before. Can God use social networking for His glory? Absolutely. I've seen how my own faith has been strengthened and encouraged via blogs I follow, Facebook, and Twitter.
I want to be someone who turns people toward God. In this, I think I will find my blogging purpose.
This post was written for the @StickyJesus Read-Along hosted by Michelle Sarabia.
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