I got an email recently that compared these posts to an episode of The Wonder Years. In this classic show with Fred Savage, the character Kevin was a teenager going through life. Typically at the end of each show, Kevin would break down the lessons he learned from the situations he lived through. Just like life, it was complicated. Situations were born out of decisions, personalities, conflict and life challenges. It was a pretty honest show about life that always drew some sort of conclusion out of circumstance. Not unlike this blog.
Many people know that I started writing this blog as a sort of devotional each week. I am not a uber religious guy (despite the content here), but I do believe that God speaks to us and works through our lives in daily circumstances. Before I started writing, I kept thinking that it shouldn’t take some major life altering event for God to get our attention. So I set out on a quest. What was God telling me each week through different situations in my life? What normal every-day thing was God using to talk to me?
I have tried over the past four years to take the time each week to write about where I am at. What things around me are reflecting God’s goodness? How am I tracking and sharing my own spiritual journey? Does a conversation at Starbucks spur on a thought that will help me grow in my relationship with God and others? Is God speaking to me through the beauty of a sunset? I try to write about it all and apply it to life.
I was writing regularly for about six months and the text on paper became contagious. No longer was it just about ‘me’. Through the beauty of the internet I received several e-mails from people asking me to share my writings publicly and Weekly Thoughts was born. My observations on things were spurring on thoughts and convictions in others and it was a pretty cool thing to see happen.
In many ways it is like The Wonder Years, and I literally search for life lessons each week in my life. I feel like I am growing spiritually, but I know that I still have doubts and that I am far from being perfect. Sometimes I hate the lessons I learn each week and sometimes I look back on past lessons and it brings me right back in time.
As I write this blog each week, I am also curious as to what my reader’s ‘Wonder Year’ lessons are each week. To try something new, I would encourage those of you that read this week’s post to keep a journal this next week. What is God trying to tell you over the next 7 days? How can we all be better people and bless others? Is it a sunset, a conflict, a memory or a blessing that speaks to you? Sometimes you have to listen closely…
Please post your observations in the comments thread of the on-line blog and see how we can pay it forward. Thank you for reading….Let God use your own Wonder Years.
The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge. They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them. Yet their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world. In the heavens God has pitched a tent for the sun.