Good blogs (like good books, magazines, newspapers, etc.) have good content. But, good blogs do something else: they start conversations.
For example, at one point he writes:
I get depressed at all the books other bloggers are writing, the conferences they are attending and speaking at, the interviews they are doing, and the opportunities they are getting. Itâ€™s most depressing when I read a blog by someone who is doing what I have always dreamt of doing, and they are ten years younger than me.
Jeremy then writes a “conversation” that he has with God in which God helps him move away from his frustrations and discouragement.
Now, like I said, I’ve had the same frustrations and discouragements concerning blogging, but that’s not what I want to write about. Instead, Jeremy’s post reminded me of another frustration that I’ve been dealing with lately.
As I related in a recent post called “Well, we did pray for that, didn’t we?” a few months ago I and some brothers began praying for opportunities to proclaim the good news and serve others. In that post, I recalled a few (and only a fraction) of the many opportunities that God has given us.
And, guess what? At times, it seems that God has given me more opportunities than I can handle. I don’t seem to have time to keep up. What to do?
When it seems that God has given me too many opportunities to handle, it’s time to think seriously about what I’m doing with my time. Am I wasting time? Am I doing things that others should be doing? Am I committing to things that I shouldn’t commit to? Am I including other people or connecting people?
You see, one of the things that I need to be doing is connecting people with needs to other people who can meet those needs. Then, I can’t make it my responsibility to do the work that someone else needs to be doing.
In other words, God never gives me too much. He never gives me more than I can handle when I’m empowered by him. Oh, I can’t serve him and serve others in my own strength, although I try to do this at times. But, when I’m strengthened by him, I can always do more than I think I can do.
When I can’t keep up, it means that something is wrong. More than likely, that something is me, my priorities, and my plans. I need to be willing to change all of those.