And returning to my first love
This is just a blog site. And this is just a blog post. Sometimes I have to keep reminding myself (quite often actually) that this is not a news site, or a magazine site, or even an actual web site. It's just a blog site, with blog articles. Not news articles. Not magazine articles. Maybe the reason I keep needing to remind myself is that the last four years of my employment before retiring was spent in a newspaper office doing graphic art design, layout, and proofreading. Maybe it's because so many blog sites out there look like news/magazine sites in today's world. But when I was given the vision for this blog site, it didn't look like all the other blog sites out there.
Why am I writing about this? Because today it was impressed upon my heart to return to my first love.
Revelation 2: 4 - 5
But I have this against you, that you have left your first love. Therefore remember from where you have fallen, and repent and do the deeds you did at first; or else I am coming to you and will remove your lampstand out of its place—unless you repent. (NASB)
Heck, I hadn't even read that actual scripture when I got that impression. I knew the scripture, but I hadn't read it today. Instead of going straight to the verses above, I went to the Book of John and read the first two chapters. Why? Because I knew that way back in time...some 40 plus years ago...that was the first book of the Bible I had read. That's not to say that's the only time I have read it. But, I knew that I needed to go back to it today and start reading through it once again.
I also knew that there were other things that I needed to go back to as well. One of them was going back to my original vision for this blog site. And, to take my focus off of the analytics of the site and focus on the content of the site. Why would I need to do that? Mostly because the blog site was not my fleshly vision or desire. It wasn't something I had even thought about doing. It was a vision that God gave me. And, in letting my flesh take over that vision and trying to improve upon it, I was in essence corrupting the vision.
So, today, I have once again removed the shopping page/section from this blog site. I didn't put it there to make money. I put it there to help others. Yet, to anyone who doesn't know me and doesn't know my motives it would look like I was trying to make this a money-making site. So, I removed it. It wasn't a part of the vision. It was a step away from the direction of the blog site.
A double minded man is unstable in all his ways. (KJV)
Isn't it sometimes strange how God works? As I was writing that last paragraph above, the verse in James came to my mind (James 1:8). So, I went to it and read it. I was like, "WOW!". Why is that verse relevant to this writing? It's because I was being double minded about this blog site! Don't you see? I wanted it to have the same feel, and maybe even the same type of content, that other prepper/survival/bushcraft sites have. But that was not the vision that God had given me. I was being double minded in that I was trying to intertwine my own vision with the one that God had given me. Wow. Don't you just love it when God gives you a revelation?!? I sure do!!
That's why this site looks different from most of the other prepper blog sites out there. Because it's the vision that God gave me. It may not look like all the others, but it's what it is supposed to be. And, I have to accept that and move forward with it.
Are you on the right road?
Why am I sharing this with you today? Because there's a good chance that there's someone out there who is struggling with the direction something in their life is going. There are many times throughout our lives when we need to stop and look around to see if we are headed in the right direction. We may have taken a walk down the wrong road, or taken a wrong turn somewhere along the way. Maybe there was a road block and we just went around it and continued in the same direction.
If we find ourselves looking around and it feels like we're on the wrong road or we're lost, how can we rectify that? How can we get turned back around and headed in the right direction? By returning to our first love. Whether it be that we are not as close to God as we once were, or we are taking a vision He has given us in a detoured direction, or perhaps we plowed ahead through the road blocks in our lives. We need to get our focus back on the right things. Things that are eternal. Things that will take us back to find that right road. One way we can do that is to return to our first love. And, I'm not talking our first physical love here, as I'm sure you have figured out by now.
I pray that you will meditate upon the words spoken in Revelation 2: 4-5 and ask God what He is trying to tell us there. Myself, I understand it to mean that we are sometimes so overtaken by the world and it's ways that we take our minds and focus off God. Jesus is returning soon. He wants to return to find our light shining for Him. But, if we don't wake up and realize what we're doing and make a conscious decision to get back on the right track and return to our first love of Him, our light will be put out. If our light is put out, we will die spiritually. If we die spiritually we will not reap the Gift of eternal life that was promised. It won't be God's fault, it will be our own. He has shown us the way, but it is our choice whether or not to follow that way.
Today, I chose to return to my first love. In both my relationship with my God and in putting my focus on His will for this blog and for my life. I pray that God will lead you in the direction He has mapped out for you and that you will have the wisdom to hear Him and follow His lead. I pray if you have fallen away, that you will heed to The Word and that you will return to your first love and His light will continue to shine in you.
Until next time...happy prepping, and God bless!