Anniversaries are often cause for significant reflection. Anniversaries remind us of sad moments, joyful moments, moments we’d like to forget, and moments we love to remember. Anniversaries call to mind triumph and tragedy and everything in between. And today, Thinking & Theology has a significant anniversary.
This may be no big deal to you. It probably isn’t, and it probably shouldn’t be. But like most anniversaries, it’s a big deal to those closest to it. You see, for the last year, we’ve labored over this blog baby of ours.
One year ago, today, T&T made its public appearance to the world and to public scrutiny.
- A year ago, today, we received our first of many kind texts from a friend, detailing multiple grammatical errors on the front page.
- A year ago, today, we learned that producing an article each week is difficult and maintaining an attractive and cohesive website is even harder.
- A year ago, today, we realized that our affections and care for each other are easily swayed by the number of clicks or shares an article does or doesn’t receive.
- A year ago, today, we learned that Monday nights are short when the post goes live on Tuesday morning, but the article isn’t finished yet.
- A year ago, today, we realized that it’s difficult to be friends with the people who edit your writing. Who among us enjoys the critique of a red-pen-machete, hacking away at the words you’ve poured your soul into penning?
- A year ago, today, we learned the heartache of the unsaved draft, the fury of the fried hard-drive, and the anxiety of the late-night rewrite. Consequently, we also learned the merits of backup storage and maniacally saving after every sentence!
- A year ago, today, we understood that the blog should always take a backseat to the Lord, our family, and our church…And sometimes our priorities need to be realigned.
- A year ago, today, we learned that we have no idea what we’re doing.
When we started this project, I had no idea that I would shed enough tears over a blog to literally water my plants. I had no idea it would produce enough relational contention between a sweet sister and me to convince us both that I should move halfway across the country. I had no idea that I would often consider shutting down the whole project out of fatigue or frustration. I had no idea that I was as unsanctified, fearful of man, selfish, and prideful as I am.
But, by the Lord’s kind grace, a year ago today—and every day since—we came face to face with the reality that our God is sufficient for this task and every other. Praise God for the ways He works in us, daily conforming us to the image of Jesus Christ and reminding us of a salvation not based on our works but on His righteousness alone.
If nothing else, this project has sanctified each of us as we’ve participated in it. Our prayer has been, and will continue to be, that God would use it to grow and sanctify every person who touches it, from first draft to final post. He has been faithful to sanctify each one of us, and we’ve grown, so we keep writing. As we wrap up this year of firsts, hear now from a few of our writers about why we’re still writing and what made this year significant:
- Kaylee: There has never been such a task in my life that squeezes sin out of me so often, and in the same moment, reminds me of MY great need for Christ and His perfect righteousness. So, I’m still writing, not because I think I have something to say, but because I think God intends to continue breaking me of my pride and teaching me to love the sisters in my church.
- Rachel: My desire is to present biblically sound theological articles for women in every season of life. Writing has forced me to decipher truth from error more intentionally than ever. It is one thing to consider truth, and another thing altogether to thoughtfully and concisely write it out for others. It is a weighty task that has challenged me over this past year, and as a result, I have grown immensely.
- Samantha: I desire to pursue the Lord in a Mark 12:30 kind of way: with all my heart, soul, mind, and strength. It’s amazing how daily life can interfere with such a pursuit, so I want to help fellow women grow in their understanding and love of the Lord by offering truth in convenient bite-size nuggets. I personally have been greatly encouraged by my fellow writers as well as by my own study!
- Kaitlyn: God has used writing for this blog to reveal and convict me of my sinful tendency toward the fear of man. My insecurities are brought to the surface every time I submit an article for editing and publication. A year in, God has given me peace about continuing to write through the truth that His power is made perfect in weakness (2 Cor. 12:9). Seeing my weaknesses has forced me to see His power and grace. John Owen said, “God says, ‘Here is one, if he could be rid of this lust, I should never hear of him more. Let him wrestle with this, or he is lost’” (Of the Mortification of Sin in Believers, pg.88). It is a grace of God to have exposed this sin so that I can seek Him to reorient my motivations to be for His glory.
- Margaret: It’s been so fun to watch this blog grow to include so many women from our church, and I can’t think of a better way to spend my spare time. It’s an honor to link arms with the women of Liberty Baptist Church and serve the Lord together, each woman as she is gifted.
Thank you for joining us this year. We look forward to the next lessons we’ll learn about the Lord, blogging, ministry, relationships, and life. And should the Lord see fit, we’ll meet here again next year, a few inches taller, with another 12 months of writing under our belt and lips full of praises for the great things He has done in us.
“But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.” 1 Peter 3:18