Rise is my word for 2019. For me, it signifies hope, courage, mindfulness, and all the promise represented by each new day. In the words of Wendell Berry, it means to “practice resurrection.”
Maybe you can think of ways you too need to rise in 2019. If so, I invite you to join me on this journey. We can share wisdom together, give one another courage, and remind one another of the hope set before us.
This is not my first experience with blogging. Most recently, I built a faithful, widespread readership around the topic of Sustainable Christianity—reflecting my own desire and the desire of others to find a more authentic, livable expression of faith in Christ. In early 2014, right after my book ReCreatable was released, I suspended that blog due to a professional transition that took me from Noblesville, Indiana, back to my hometown of St. Louis.
Thankfully, ReCreatable has done just fine without the support of my blog. It quickly earned back its advance royalty, and I began receiving additional royalty payments soon after that, so thank you to all of you who have played some part in its success. Last I checked, it was on its third printing.
Now, five years later, my family and I have embarked on a new adventure. Last summer, we moved to middle Tennessee, where we now live in an old barn converted into a house on acreage. At the beginning of this month, after much prayer and family discussion, I chose to cut way back on my hours at work to gain flexibility to pursue more writing, editing, and other types of work in line with my unique passions and interests. I’m now working to build my existing freelance work into a full-time enterprise—going into business of my own.
It’s a new day for me and my family, and in keeping with my word for the year, time to rise. Part of that is resurrecting this blog. Is anyone blogging anymore? I’m not sure, but for me, it’s always been a way to give back—a way to freely share some of the content I write from my heart. My goal is to bring awareness, encourage, and inspire you to grow—personally and spiritually, whatever that may mean for you. I will occasionally share classic favorite posts from the past, along with plenty of new content. I hope you will read and enjoy.
Also, before you leave today, I hope that you will take a moment to explore the rest of my website, which describes the professional services I am offering as I make the transition to professional full-time freelance work. Perhaps it will give you ideas of ways that you and I can work together—either you as an individual or as a representative of your congregation or other organization. Or maybe you know someone that can benefit from the services I offer and you would choose to help them connect with me. Either way, thank you in advance for your partnership and support.
I appreciate you and look forward to having you with me on this new journey.
Oh, and rise—it’s a new day.