Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls. 1 Peter 1:8-9 (NIV).
Today is a milestone; it isn’t a big milestone for the world, but it’s a big one in my life. Today is the 10th anniversary of this blog. It started as a response to the worst time in my life, when I had wrecked my family. A friend told me I should read one verse from the Proverbs every day, then pray on it and write about what it meant. Ten years and sixteen books later, here we are. WordPress says that, counting today, there are 1754 posts under “Practical Proverbial.” You’re reading words shared with several thousand people regularly on five continents.
The words proclaim that Jesus is still the only salvation for our souls and we still want to learn more about Him. That’s the only purpose of these writings; if they ever become something other than that, I encourage you to stop reading immediately. Then please contact me and call me out. Until then, if this helps reinforce your belief in Him, then AGTJ and let’s keep at it.
Let’s keep at it because the benefit we get from believing in Jesus is life everlasting. It’s peace today and forever. It’s tranquility in the face of trials; calm instead of chaos. There is real liberation in knowing Christ has forgiven everything that could ever drag you down or leave you feeling guilty. That He, who made everything and is over everything, has already done away with the pain over the things you don’t want to admit are true. You and I would hold things against each other. Jesus doesn’t. He did away with the guilt-motivation to do that.
That’s why I write these and hope they find you in a place where they help you draw closer to Jesus, maybe understand the Scripture a little better. It isn’t about me: it’s about talking about what Jesus said through the Word in the context of things happening here and now, things to which we can relate. We still feel guilt over our sins just the same as the people of Peter’s day. We still live with epidemics, wars, terror, and fear. I didn’t understand much about the Scriptures until I was a grown man. I was late to the game. I do these to maybe help someone else get there sooner.
And I still have much to learn; perhaps we all do. As long as God gives the words and you read, we’ll keep it up. So thanks for being here!
For further reading: Romans 6:22, 1 Peter 1:10
Lord Jesus, thank You for all these friends and words. And thank You for ways to share them across our world.