Yesterday marked my 6th year here at Christian Blog. There were no parades or parties to mark this monumental occasion nor was there even a mention of it in my blog yesterday. To be honest, I didn't realize until today that yesterday was my anniversary.
I am not the same man that stumbled into this site in October of 2007. No, I have not had a personality transplant or changed bodies, but I have changed in many ways over the past six years. If I had to isolate what has changed and describe it in one word it would be—PEACE. I am infinitely more at peace with God, myself and my brothers and sisters than I was six years ago.
I embarked on a journey in May of 2006 that took me all over the United States in a vain attempt to hook up various Christian ministries and charities with each other so they worked together instead of against each other. Such a high noble cause I embarked on. Such a terrible waste of time, money and physical strength it ended up being.
Little did I know six years ago that within a month after joining Christian Blog, everything I had been working on the preceding 18 months would disintegrate and vanish almost overnight. I shudder to think of the state I would have fallen into if I had not discovered this site and embarked on my mission to write a blog every day of the week (which I did for nearly 2 years).
Many of us have the same basic story which is that we sort of wandered into Christian Blog as one would wander into a store in the mall. I remember thinking when I discovered this site how nice it was. I had no visions of still being here six years later and writing a gazillion blogs. But, God's ways are not our ways and God knew what was coming in my life and directed my path to find this place because He knew it would end up saving my life.
I was always taught that if someone saved your life you were supposed to stick to them like Velcro and pay them back through loyalty and service. I am not ashamed to say that Christian Blog saved my life and therefore I remain and will remain totally committed to supporting it through writing blogs, prayer and financial giving. I cannot do any less or I would feel miserable.
Not only did the incredible prayers of many faithful members save me physically two different times in early 2009, the fact that this site has provided me with a platform and pulpit to share what I know about God and His Word has given me a reason to keep going during some very difficult times. Having a place to share the Word and love of God in my heart on a daily basis has allowed me to remain sharp and not settle into a lethargic state.
I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank John Abela for coming up with the idea of having a blogging site such as this and for sticking with it even though it has totally changed his life and ministry. I wanted to thank all of you who read what I write and I pray it has blessed you at one time or another. Most of all, I want to thank God for loving me enough to steer me here six years ago and keep me here even during some very trying times. God is and will always be so very COOL!!
Thank you and Blessings 2 You!!!!
Congratulations! I am very glad you stumbled across CB six years ago for it would not be the same without you, B2Y.
Like you, God led me to this place just prior to my facing a radical change in my life. Like you, the community here at CB rallied around me and prayed for me when the possibility of my dying was very, very real.
[quote]I was always taught that if someone saved your life you were supposed to stick to them like Velcro and “pay them back” through loyalty and service. I am not ashamed to say that Christian Blog saved my life and therefore I remain and will remain totally committed to supporting it through writing blogs, prayer and financial giving. I cannot do any less or I would feel miserable.[/quote]
I feel the same way and God honors that. It is interesting to note that despite the financial crisis I have been facing this year in particular, God has faithfully provided the means for me to continue to give my pledge each month. I am very thankful for that because like you, I believe it is very important to give back in return.
You have been a blessing to myself and so many others here at CB. I am certain that your blogs have reached out over the years and blessed others outside of CB as well. Thank you for faithfully sharing with us what God has laid on your heart over these past six years and thank you for continuing to do so in the future.
I just don't think cb would be the same without a blog a day from you. happy sixth birthday.
[quote] Having a place to share the Word and love of God in my heart on a daily basis has allowed me to remain sharp and not settle into a lethargic state.[/quote]
I agree totally. It would be interesting to hear stories of how God has lead each of us here and the sustaining strength we are all reaping from this site. I to 'take my hat off' to John A. and gives thanks to God for this site.