A few days ago, Mattmo.org turned 4 years old. I started blogging when I took a new job at Fellowship Bible Church as the Preteen Pastor because I wanted to connect with other children’s and preteen ministry leaders.
Blogging has helped to make those connections with some amazing leaders, but it’s also taught me some valuable lessons.
Here are 4 things I’ve learned through blogging:
1. There is a bigger community out there than you realize.
Blogging has taught me that there is literally a worldwide community that endures the same successes and failures. I’ve received comments, questions, and encouragement from ministry leaders that were across the globe and some from my own city. We were all strangers until this website connected our ministries and us. I love the lessons and encouragement that comes with this community!
2. It’s a lot harder than it looks.
Even more than writing, I love reading blogs. I have the utmost respect for those who consistently share great thoughts because it is hard. It’s hard to find the time. It’s hard to find the energy. And it’s hard to get over the fear that no one cares about what you’re sharing. (And that’s not even mentioning all the tech stuff that you have to learn!)
3. Sometimes you lose your voice (but that’s OK).
Like losing your voice after shouting at a sporting event, I’ve gone through seasons in the last 4 years when I had lost my voice. Sometimes God was just overwhelming with lessons that I couldn’t put into words. Other times, I just didn’t feel like there was anything worth sharing. I’ve realized that losing your voice is OK. I regret being a silent blogger for long periods, but it beats the alternative, which is sharing with a voice that is not my own,
4. Sharing is caring.
One of the biggest lessons that I’ve learned in the last 4 years of blogging is: Sharing is Caring! The big “C” Church needs to share more. We’re on the same mission to make disciples who whole-heartedly love and follow Jesus, so why not share resources, encouragement, and ideas. As mattmo.org moves forward, I want it to be a go-to place for resources that will help leaders, churches, and families in their mission of making disciples.
It’s been a fun 4 years. Thank you for being a part of this community! I look forward to sharing more and hearing from you!