Why on earth should we start a blog? What’s the point? Why bother? I mean, one year ago I didn’t even know what a “blog” was! (Maybe you didn’t either.)
Actually, the “why” is a fairly important question for just about anything we do in life. For me, it has been very important to figure out why I should add this extra responsibility, another thing that takes time, another item on the infamous “to do” list – before getting started in this new venture.
Jesus comes down pretty hard on people who do things for the wrong reasons. Even those who do the right things for the wrong reasons. As much as his discourse in Matthew 6 is known for teaching us how to pray or for teaching principles of giving and fasting, the repeated theme is an emphasis on the critical nature of motives. The giving, praying and fasting of the Pharisees was apparently of no good whatsoever because they were doing it all with the wrong motives.
Back to the blog. Why should we have one? Would I do it in order to give the impression that I am in vogue by engaging social media networks? Or to be recognized as technologically savvy (even though we are not?) No – wrong answers.
After months of trying to get this figured out, it became clear that having a blog is just the right thing to do. God’s will – if you prefer religious language.
So when we finally decided to start a blog, it also seemed right to do it together. I’ve not seen most people doing it that way. But after all, we do most things in life together, why not this?
Some of our friends raise an eyebrow when I explain that Ibrahim and I don’t have separate email addresses. Others complain that when we send an email, they are not sure which one of us is actually writing. Well, in the blog, we intend to identify the author, so you should always know who is writing.
What will we blog about? (Isn’t it amazing how some words move from non-existence to being both noun and verbs – overnight?) Yes, what will we blog about? There will be different things. Some family updates. Some reflections. Some information about what we are doing. Some insight into what we are thinking. Hopefully a distinctive will emerge as we proceed on the journey.
But with fear and trembling and a lot to learn, here we go. Welcome for the ride!