January 14, 2011

Lifelines aren't always long

I'm not really much of a blogger. I've tried to be but, in all honesty, I'm long winded. Finding a way to communicate my thoughts in a manner which is short and concise just doesn't seem to be part of my natural make-up.

I am a teacher. Teachers talk and also use words to provoke others to share.

Many of the people that I know just write blogs. They don't take the time to read others. I'm not someone who just writes blogs. I also enjoy reading them. Most of the time I leave comments. It only seems polite. Besides offering encouragement is a part of my make-up. It is something that I find easy to do. When people bear their souls it takes courage. I like to let them know that I appreciate what they've said.
Over the past few weeks I've been doing a lot of contemplating. During my time spent with God I've been asking Him about His plan for my year. I'm still waiting for answers, of course. All in His time.

I've also been asking God if I should continue to blog. There are so many great bloggers out there. I'm mindful of this because I read their posts on a daily basis. They are refreshing, challenging, and inspiring. Sometimes reading such great posts can be intimidating. How can we, who don't possess the "gift of gab" possibly make a difference online? What's the point? Is it all just a waste of our time?

I had been thinking that perhaps my gifts and time might be better utilized elsewhere. Just today, I was thinking that perhaps my days on social networks are winding down. I've been off them for 14 days and very few people have noticed. Perhaps I am just taking up space and wasting time. Can someone really make a difference in 140 characters or less? I had thought so but was beginning to question that. Until I read a post by some friends which gave me pause...and a case of the what ifs.

What if someone does drop by and reads something amongst my ramblings that grabs their heart? What if just a few words that I've said makes the difference for them on any given day? What if somehow God gives me just the right phrase to rescue them from a sea of discouragement or despair? 

And what if I fail to write it because my words don't seem eloquent enough or powerful enough. Or my posts seem too long or too short?

The key is to be led by God in all that we do. It is His Spirit that empowers us to touch people's lives. Often times we don't realize what we have done or how He has used us. And many times it happens with a very small number of words.

I hope that you will stop by to read 100 three-word power posts to share online via @stickyJesus (Tami Heim & Toni Birdsong). You will be inspired.

It has made me realize that lifelines aren't always long. There is something to be said for the strength of the rope and the proper tying of the knot.

Don't be intimidated by what others are doing or not doing online these days. Just be who you are in Christ. He'll take care of the rest...one word, two words, or even three words at a time!


Ginny (MAD21) said...

I couldn't have said it better myself, Melinda. Keep writing. You never know who's heart you'll touch.

Melinda Lancaster said...

Thanks for stopping by, Ginny, and for your words of encouragement.

Tami Heim said...

Melinda -
Your voice and heart needs to be heard. There is only one YOU and if you don't show up - the world misses out. You are fiercely loved and respected. You have made my life richer. I know you take an occasional 'time-out' and I get that - but don't stay gone for long. You are a sweet fragrance and I am among the ones waiting to be refreshed by it.
LYI - and that is forever my dear sister.
Shine on - write on.

Michelle Holderman said...


I needed to hear just what you blogged. And there is deep truth in the words of your title alone - "Lifelines aren't always long." That drew me in.

And I did notice you were off offline. I read your FB post saying you were taking a sabbatical from social media for 1 month.

I relate to what you wrote here. I don't think I blog all that well either because most of my posts are relatively long too. But I do know one thing - the Lord told me to start blogging and that's the reason I did. How 'bout you?

Keep tying those beautiful knots my friend :)

Anonymous said...

Yeah, long or short the hope is that it will touch someone's heart with the love and truth of God. That's what it's all about. Thanks for encouraging in so many ways, Melinda. You are a blessing!

Melinda Lancaster said...

@Tami there are no words to express how much your friendship means to me. I know that as I write this you are ministering in Haiti. In. His. Hands. Glory!
@Michelle thank you so much for stopping by. You're right. I started this blog because I felt God was leading me to. Great point. I suppose if He changes His mind, He'll let me know. I've been enjoying your posts. I wish that I could subscribe by email as sometimes Google Reader is overwhelming. Keep shining, friend. Yours is an amazing story of faith & perserverance.
@Jason, thanks! You are so right. Love & truth make a sturdy knot. Continued blessings to you.

Anonymous said...

Greetings from Southern California :-)

I added myself to follow your blog. You are invited to visit mine and become a follower if you want to.

God Bless You, ~Ron

Melinda Lancaster said...

Hi Ron:

Thanks for visiting and following along. What a blessing. I'll stop in to see you soon!

Enjoy Southern California. It sure is beautiful!

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