From May of 2006 through September of 2007 I tried (unsuccessfully) to start a new and different kind of charity which sought to meet the spiritual needs of those devastated by life’s storms. I traveled extensively throughout the United States investigating different groups that seemed to have tapped into a Godly way of dealing with everything from helping the poor to providing genuine help for addicts.
During this time, I discovered a few very important things. One of the biggest was that as long as a group or person was getting something from you, they were your best friend and supporter. But, once the help dried up, so did the bond of “friendship”. I also discovered that many well meaning people start out just trying to help others and before long they have developed a monster that entails finding supplies, resources and money all the time.
Carrying out the commission of our Lord Jesus to feed the hungry, provide for those who cannot help themselves and reach out to all those in need sounds easy but in reality is extremely difficult to do right. The old saying goes; if you give a man a fish he can eat for a day, but if you teach him how to fish he can eat for a lifetime. This axiom is absolutely true when it comes to “charity”.
By September of 2007 my resources had been exhausted and physically I was exhausted too. I had spent tens of thousands of dollars of my own money, gone deeply into debt and was so physically tired I could no longer do much of anything for anyone. Add to this the frustration and disappointment in not being able to garner support for my dream and you have the formula for one tired and defeated man.
With no other means to reach out, I started writing blogs on one of the sites available. I enjoyed writing but found very little interest in what I was writing about. Deep within my soul, I just wanted to write about my God and what I had learned about Him and from Him through all my years of Christian service. Attempting to write about these things on a secular site was met with the resounding sound of apathy.
On October 13, 2007 I stumbled upon a blogging site that was only for Christians. I joined and actually paid to become a member with benefits and privileges. Much to my surprise, my first blog was met with many positive and uplifting comments. I was astounded and blessed beyond my wildest dreams. I made the commitment then to try and write a blog a day, which I did for nearly two straight years.
Today marks the 5th anniversary of my initial visit to Christian Blog and I remain just as thankful today for this site as I was five years ago. Although I no longer write a blog every day, I remain thankful for a place to not only write what is on my heart but that stores all those 1500+ blogs I have written over the years.
Thank you Christian Blog for being there and for all the multitudes of blessings you have provided me the past five years. And thank you, those of you who read my blogs, for taking the time to see a little of my heart for and knowledge of God.