Obstacles get in the way of us doing what we are called to do. Sometimes the most unsuspecting things create major roadblocks. This year I struggled to write. It took a long time for me to discern the issue. Even after I knew the problem, I resisted doing anything about it. You see, the obstacles standing in my way were seemingly good things. They were trivial. Most people would simply navigate around them. Finally, I submitted to the truth and began the hard work of removing the obstacles standing in my way.
About a year ago, I changed the name of my blog to Life Rewritten. I created four main categories and several subcategories. Everything centered on the blog’s purpose statement:
Life Rewritten exists to help people with painful pasts and overwhelming nows learn how to change their stories so they can change their world.
Yeah. Not for me.
I don’t consider myself legalistic. I don’t even get hung up on rules (OK. I do, but that’s why I tend not to make a lot of rules.) I do, however, LOVE boundaries. In fact, I thrive when I know where my boundaries are. I struggle when I don’t.
Let me try to explain:
I want to know the size and shape of my “box”. Really, that is all I need to know. I am perfectly content deciding how to decorate, paint, and play inside my box. Just please, please tell me the size and shape of my box because I do NOT want to to go outside of it!
Give me a big box; I will run wild and free. Give me a tiny box, I won’t budge an inch.
Life Rewritten was, for me, a tiny box. I had so much I wanted to say. So many things I wanted to write. But 90% of those things only loosely fit into my categories. They did not fall neatly within the scope of my purpose statement. I wrote post after post that I never published. I began to manipulate my words and ideas so they would fit the theme rather than allowing my words and ideas the space and freedom to say what I wanted them to say.
My purpose statement, blog name, and categories became major obstacles. They were so constricting I stopped writing altogether.
Fortunately I can’t not write for long. After much prayer and discussion I decided it was time to remove those obstacles. So, I blew up my blog- at least its structure. Take a look around, although much is still under construction, you will see a lot of changes.
New blog name and tag line:
New and expanded categories:
Life Rewritten is now one of several categories you can find on the navigation menu Others will be revealed soon on the updated archives page.
New purpose statement based on Psalm 107:
This blog exists to tell the stories of God’s work in my life and around the world so that we can celebrate and consider His faithful love.
I hope removing these obstacles and changing the direction and focus of this blog will give me freedom to explore all that God is doing.
I want to continue teaching others how to view their stories from God’s perspective so they leverage them to change the world. I want to tell stories of what God is doing in homes, churches, and ministries around the corner and around the world. I want to share more of my story.
I want to talk about things I love- my family, books, food. I want to share random deep thoughts about complex issues. I want to connect with the online community through link ups and other crowd sharing events. I want a big and colorful box to play in. I believe this new space provides me that opportunity.
I hope you like it and that you will stick around. I promise, this box has room for you.