Five Years Later

Five Years

Almost five years ago, it happened: I finally worked up the courage to start a blog. Back then, blogging was just hitting the mainstream with the rise of WordPress and Blogger (and to a lesser extent Tumblr and others). My first blog post, “Sometimes 140 Character Isn’t Enough,” set the foundation for the 147 posts (and counting) that have come since. Looking back at some of those first posts is pretty embarrassing, but it also shows how God has molded and shaped me over the past five years.

Back in 2010, I was beginning my final year at John Brown University, serving as the student ministry intern at Harvard Avenue Baptist Church, working part-time for the Arkansas World Trade Center, and making a lot of big plans for what I wanted to do when I graduated that May. Between that first post and this one, I have launched a business, led a college and career ministry, attended several incredible conferences, gone on adventures all over the country, experienced the joys and sorrows in different interpersonal relationships, and a host of other events that have all served as inspirations for the posts on this site.

If you would’ve asked me back in 2010 what life would be like in 2015, my predictions would be quite different from my reality. And you know what? That’s not a bad thing! Looking back, some of the things that were on my agenda would have deprived me of some incredible opportunities. If I would have traveled to Europe or moved out of Siloam immediately, I wouldn’t have gotten to enjoy the rich fellowship with the believers at Harvard Avenue. If I wouldn’t have started AFS, I wouldn’t have gotten to learn about what it takes to bring an idea to fruition or meet some of the inspirational people in Arkansas and around the world that are passionate about improving the world through building innovative businesses.

The examples are endless, but the lesson is the same: God’s plans truly are higher than any plans I could have for myself. I’m not saying don’t set goals or pursue your “five-year plan”, but do so with the realization that God’s plans and yours may not line up… and that’s just fine. When you look back, you’ll see the grace in the way He has sovereignly directed your steps to increase your joy.

-Lawson
Learn It. Love it. Live It.

[image credit: Michael Ruiz on Flickr

Sometimes 140 Characters Isn’t Enough

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140 characters? Only 140 characters? As someone who has been using Twitter for about a year, sometimes 140 characters just isn’t enough.

It has always helped me to write things down as I think about them (Obviously, this can’t be done adequately with the 140 characters provided by Twitter and is a little awkward to do on Facebook ). There is just something about seeing the written or typed words that allows me to make sense of my thoughts. While 140 characters allows for short personal expressions, rarely do they capture the depth of what went into their formation. My purpose in writing this blog is to expand on the things that I post on my Twitter account or think about on a daily basis. I entitled the blog “A Little Bit of Everything” because I will be writing posts about topics such as theology, business (including social media), outdoors, sports, and life in general. Most personal blogs focus on one or two topics. That’s fine, but I feel like this doesn’t reflect the complexity of each individual. Each person is a combination of many likes, interests, and passions. This blog will cover some areas of life that I enjoy keeping up with, so I hope that what I share connects with you on some level and makes you think more about the topic. Maybe some of the posts will even lead to some good discussions. Either way, I hope you enjoy this blog as I expand beyond 140 characters into a more expansive format of expression.

So, buckle up, settle in, and let’s go on this ride together.

-Lawson
Learn It. Love it. Live It.

[image credit: SEOPlanter on Flickr]

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