Beyond the Blog #1


It’s been a while.

Tomorrow’s the 1st day of November, which is also the 1st day of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month).

And guess what? I’m gonna do it. Even though I’m a full-time college student, part-time intern with a public policy organization, president of a school club, and senator for my school’s Student Government Association, I’m gonna do it.

By jolly, I’m going to write a novel in a month.

Follow along if you want to discover what it’s like to write “beyond the blog.”




“Few things are needed–indeed only one.” – Jesus (Luke 10:42a NIV)

It’s interesting how Jesus says this, yet too often we have so much stuff that places unnecessary burdens on our lives.

Yes, all things are permissible, but not all things are beneficial. In this new book I’m reading, which is called Simplify by Bill Hybels, he sums up an important lesson in the first chapter:

“If we don’t change how we live, our over-complicated world will begin to feel frighteningly normal. We will become accustomed to life at a frantic pace, no longer able to discriminate between the important and the unessential. And that’s the danger: When we fritter away our one and only life doing things that don’t really matter, we sacrifice the things that do matter.” 

I don’t want to sacrifice for what doesn’t matter. And I guess that’s the thing about life: No matter what, we always let go of and sacrifice something. But it’s up to us whether we sacrifice our lives for something better or worse.

What are you sacrificing now?

The Word

God’s like a book. 

For a while we keep looking at his cover, unsure of what he’s really like. We’ve memorized the back cover—we know all about him, but we don’t know him. And like all relationships go, there is commitment. When we open to the first page, we can’t just read a couple chapters and then walk away for a month. 

We’ll forget. 

No, we have to spend time with him and build the relationship.

Because once we start reading, we’ll discover the Word, and the Word will become flesh, taking root in our very lives.