Last Spring I completely reworked EmbraceTheGodLife.com. I wrote a few new posts and picked up some new readers. My post “How Steven Pressfield, Jeff Goins, and a Bad Website Helped Me Turn Pro” gained some traction on social media. I saw a spike in readers and received the most traffic I ever have.
So, how did I respond to this growth in my blog? I went silent for 7 months.
Not the best tactic for reaching worldwide internet fame, I know. So what gives?
Here’s what gives: God opened on unforeseen door. My family and I were unexpectedly invited to begin a new ministry assignment in North Carolina, outside of Charlotte. Sensing God’s leading in this opportunity, we made a major, and rather quick, long distance move. It required absolute focus on what had to be done. Triage was the order of the day. Do what had to be done, let the rest go. Some good things were set aside so that the most important things could be accomplished.
This is the way life works.
We can’t do everything. And sometimes we can’t do what we usually do. Life moves in seasons, and some seasons are completely overwhelming. Thankfully we’ve arrived in a much more stable season. Things are going well in our new place. God has blessed us and we have entered into a much more stable season of life.
That big blog post 7 months ago was about turning pro. Here’s a few more lessons: Sometimes you can’t turn pro in every area of your life at once, and you have to focus on the most important. Sometimes turning pro is followed by a setback. Sometimes even a pro has to follow a move in the right direction with a lengthy time of silence. What do you do then? You let the silence do its work, regain your voice, and break the silence.
With that, I’m breaking the silence. Sorry to leave you in the quiet for so long. Let’s pick up the conversation, shall we?