Blog make overs are kind of like new hair cuts.
You feel excited, hoping somebody notices and terrified that they will.
I know next to nothing about code and html and widgets and all that stuff so I was pretty much at the mercy of whatever the template provided. It was a big moment when I figured out how to change that on my own. Even then I needed an outside source to walk me through some other changes and thankfully I had friends who didn't mind me relying on them for assistance.
But the one thing I wanted was a single column template and that was a little trickier to make happen. It's been on the one-day list for quite a while but it wasn't until recently that I was able to find the right template and all the pieces came together. (Thank you Etsy and Li Drake Blog Design Studio!)
The aesthetic changes have come about in conjunction with some overall changes I want to make happen here in my corner of the cyber world. I feel like after months of thinking through some things and restructuring my own thoughts I have a found a little more purpose as to why I blog. And it's led me to clarify what I will blog.
Truth, beauty, and goodness. These three words have swished and swooshed, whispered and beckoned...promising to be the answer for questions I wasn't even sure how to ask. I knew I enjoyed these creative escapades, the picture taking and the word grappling, but I struggled with their purpose. Were they a waste of time or was there some weight to them, no matter how small?
And the reality is that in some ways, let's be honest in about 99% of all the ways imaginable, this blog and the pictures I take are fleeting and not likely to be remembered for long. I doubt my pictures will hang in museums or my words will be shared in beautifully crafted tomes.
That reality is true for me and the vast majority of humanity. Do you know that there have only been forty four presidents in the history of the United States? Forty four men out of the millions that have existed in the last two hundred something years. Very few of us are destined for the kind of greatness that we seem to think has significant weight.
So, what does that mean for the rest of us lowly beings that will never walk on the moon or cure a disease? Does what we do matter? Does it have purpose? Value? Should we spend any time doing anything or should we merely exist for a certain amount of time in a point in space and then we die...ashes to ashes and dust to dust, move along, next human, please.
When the children were little we started doing a catechism with them everyday. One of the very first questions they learned to answer was, what is the chief end, or purpose, of man? Simply put it is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.
Do we matter? Do we have a purpose? Yes, because we are made in His image and we are to display that image gloriously. In everything we do.
We create because He is the True Creator. We are a people of words because He is the Ultimate Storyteller.
Truth, beauty, and goodness. He is truth. He is beauty. He is goodness.
True truth is both beautiful and good. Real beauty is full of truth and goodness. And goodness is the expression of what is beautiful and true. God is everywhere. Truth, beauty, and goodness are everywhere if we will just have the eyes to see it.
So, that's how I answered the questions I wasn't sure how to ask. Why take the pictures...why post on the blog? Is it worth anything more than the brief happiness or joy they cause me?
I hope so. I would hope that whenever someone visits they will see the truth, beauty, and goodness of God reflected in each photograph and every word shared. And if it's in an unexpected way, something that will cause them to pause and contemplate, even better.
I am the Lord your God,
who brought you up out of the land of Egypt.
Open your mouth wide and I will fill it.
~ Psalm 81:10