When Currently, Kelsie came to be back in mid-January, I didn't really know what I was getting myself into. The world of link parties, round-ups, PicMonkey, and self-promotion were foreign to me. I didn't even have a Facebook page, or any idea where this blog would go. I simply knew that I had a heart to live fully in the moment, while also sharing stories, tips, and my heart for us all to learn fearlessly and love fiercely.
Here we are, nine months later. I'm not writing today to share success or to celebrate an award. I'm not here to give you stats or ask you to follow me on social media. Today, I am here praising God for the way He has revealed to me that blogging can, in fact, be a form of ministry. Originally, I was be hesitant to believe that, but more and more I'm finding it to be true. I'm so thankful that the Lord has shown up in this little online space (and the spaces of so many amazing bloggers) and made them a home for these elements of ministry:
1. Wrestling with BrokennessA large part of any ministry is the opportunity (and need) to be vulnerable and real with one another. It's hard to advance the kingdom or lead people to the Lord without first acknowledging our own brokenness and need for a Savior. Wrestling with this brokenness helps us remember to place God first, as we are constantly being redeemed and shown grace. This is my heart behind sharing my own brokenness and vulnerable stories in an effort to do just that. Blogging even offers an audience for this on a larger scale than previously possible.
2. Face to Face ConnectionsOne thing I've loved about blogging is just the chance to connect with others through comments. I love conversation, even if it's electronic, and it has been oh so fun to see the ways in which people relate to certain posts, ask questions, and provide much-appreciated encouragement. But one thing I've loved even more is the way that blogging has opened the door to so many in-person conversations. I am so blessed by and thankful for the readers out there who take the time to tell me in person that they really resonated with a post or were blessed by it. It has opened the door to some beautiful face to face conversations that I'm not sure would have ever happened otherwise. Pretty cool to see the way God can use my own measly words to connect with others, both online and in person.
In order to thrive, all ministries need people who will live out their faith together. I see this on my YoungLife team on a daily basis, but I have been pleasantly surprised to find it in the blogging world as well. I am so thankful for all the wonderful Christian women who have bonded together with me through groups like The Alder Collective and The Peony Project, as well as through various link parties. It is so encouraging to find women with the same heart, and I hope to provide that sense of community here at Currently, Kelsie as well.
4. Relatable, Vulnerable StoriesI have been absolutely floored by the way the Lord has brought just the right stories into place at the perfect time. It has truly been His provision and plan all along. This summer, I finally got the Moments section of the blog kicked off: a guest post space where others share a moment on anything from miraculously getting pregnant to what millennials are looking for in ministry. I was recently approached by someone thanking me for sharing Pam's recent guest post on adoption. It seems that their family had been waiting for years to adopt, and the post came at the perfect moment: a means of encouragement, God-ordained. Another post by Kacie went viral around her school, and all her students got a sweet reminder of just how awesome their teacher was. I could go on about all the wonderful stories that my amazing friends have shared, but just know this: God is at work through these relatable, vulnerable words we share on the world wide web (and through everything!).
As a YoungLife leader who has spent years and year investing in kids and loving them as they are, while sharing the hope that can be found in Jesus, I am used to being outspoken about my faith. But for some reason, I'm less likely to share this faith with people my own age. (Anyone with me?) It's not that I'm afraid, it's simply that I'm less gutsy and don't always feel like I have a good enough relationship with others to speak about my faith with them. Blogging has been so amazing in this way: I have been able to proclaim my faith through words to thousands of people of all ages. It's totally their choice to read or not, but I love knowing that God has a plan in this, and I hope and pray that those who visit may in some way be pointed back to Him. I can share the reason for my hope with no shame, and proclaim truth in a modern format that reaches a whole different audience than I would ever have reached before. So cool.
5. An Outreach that Proclaims the Lord
Let me just say this: blogging is not my sole form of ministry, and it never will be. I am definitely an extroverted people person who loves honest conversation and investing in the lives of others face to face. But it has been a beautiful journey as the Lord has unveiled the ways in which blogging can lead to this same concept of ministry, just in a different way. Wrestling with brokenness together, in a community full of people with relatable, vulnerable stories has been such a joy, and I hope and pray that the Lord continues to use this blog as a part of His plan. He is faithful.
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