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Nothing To Say

There is a reason I’m a scientist, and not a writer.  There is a lot of writing in science, but the subject of that writing flows naturally out of your research.  There is no struggle to come up with a topic, and being engaging is certainly not a concern (as anyone who has ever read a scientific paper can attest to).  You just sit down and churn out a paper about whatever you’ve been working on for the last several months/years.  I knew the day would come when I would sit down to write my weekly post for The Reversal, but come up dry in my search for a topic.  I have a list of potential topics, articles, and such that is supposed to help me out in these times – but none of those are clicking for me right now.  So if it’s not a lack of topic choices, what is it? I think it is quite simply this: I feel that I have nothing original to contribute to discussions about Christianity and/or leadership.

I subscribe to probably 15 or so Christian blogs in Google Reader, most of them written by people who have written books, spoken to audiences of thousands, etc.  So it’s easy for me to think to myself, “What can I possibly have to say that they haven’t already said?  What do I have to offer?”  I don’t have an answer for this.  I do know that, despite my doubts and discouragement, that God is using me even when I don’t feel usable.

For instance, a year or so ago, I was reading through the comments on a blog when I came across a comment written by an atheist who clearly had recently experienced the hand of God in her life.  I replied to the comment, saying that I would pray for her and included my e-mail address with an invitation to ask me any questions she might have about Christ and/or Christianity.  I didn’t think much about it, until a day or so later when I found an e-mail in my inbox from this girl!  We exchanged probably nine or ten e-mails until she suddenly stopped responding to me; despite that, I knew that God was using me to plant a seed in her life.  It’s up to Him now; what I pray now, and what I prayed then, was that God would use that e-mail chain to draw her to Himself.  Who except God knows what impact my simple comment reply will have in the future?

I may not have many original thoughts to contribute to the blogosphere, but I do have the story of God’s hand in my life.  My hope and prayer is that someone could be encouraged by the little snippets of my life, and occasional useful thoughts, that I share on this blog.  God has given all followers of Christ a story in which He is the main character; it is our task to use it for His glory.


What’s in a name?

When we decided to start a blogging project, one of the first questions that we faced was what we would call the blog.  It had to be deep, thought provoking, scalable, and original – quite a bit to ask for from a name!  After brainstorming up a bunch of ideas, a verse from Matthew was suggested: “So the last will be first, and the first will be last.”  One of us had heard a sermon that taught the idea that this verse described God’s reversal – that those who the world deems to be first will be last in the kingdom, their place reversed.

The Reversal is a call to humble living.  It is a daring commitment.  To think of others first and yourself second.  To lead from the back of the parade and out of the spotlight.  It goes against the grain and common sense.  It’s not natural; if it was, a reversal wouldn’t be necessary.  We think it’s time to join this Reversal and we want others to join with us.

In our first meeting we shared what we thought we would gain from writing this blog.  The list was huge.  Amazingly, we discovered another reversal – a blog to help others in turn helps us.  A great quote goes like this: “The best way to get what you want out of life is to help other people get what they want.”  We believe the world is ready for these ideas; that we are a product of people who came before us and shared their understanding.  We’re going to thank them by spreading that understanding.

So what should you expect from The Reversal? For now we’ll post three times per week, once per author. Each post will be a brief, down-to-earth discussion of a theme in Christianity and/or leadership. Eventually we would like to add more authors and to continually grow our reader base. We hope that by sharing what we are learning, we can spread the idea of God’s Reversal in our lives and the lives of others.

So what’s in a name?  A lot after all.