This is a blog about keeping your life on track when you don't know where you're going.
Welcome to The Desert Walker.
This is the first update I've written here in six months and the first blog post in over a year. So much has happened over that time, it's difficult to know where to start. God has done quite a bit of work in me since and I've returned here to share it with you.
A Change in Tone
I'll admit I didn't come back to this site for quite some time myself, until one day, recently, I decided to take a look back over the posts. The entries made in the first year or so were, in my humble opinion, not all that well written and of a much lighter tone than the ones that followed. I then noticed a transition that gave way to more storytelling, followed by some commentary, usually supported with scripture. These posts served a purpose at the time, but read more like lessons from a pastor than a man who is trying to find his way through life's desert. Suffice it to say it was where I was in my walk with God and in my journey as a writer.
However, changes are on the horizon.
In this new era for The Desert Walker, what you'll read is straight from the heart, mind, and spirit, with very little or no editing. It's raw, unpolished truth as I see it. You're entitled to agree or disagree, but know that I write it in the spirit of the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15) and at times, my desire to see justice done. You needn't worry about what that means; if you read long enough, you'll know soon enough.
I won't always be citing scripture to support what I write. I'm choosing to do that for one very good reason. Many Christians have their own views of what the Bible says and, in my experience, when convicted that a certain scripture states or implies something, these people aren't likely to be convinced otherwise, no matter how strong the evidence may be. That being said, I'm leaving it up to each reader to agree or disagree with my perspective and opinions with the hope that we'll be in agreement more often than not.
The posts you'll see here going forward aren't likely to be the kinds of messages you'd hear in church. That statement isn't an effort to sound "cutting edge", just fact. Frankly, at this point, I'm not focused on what this blog becomes or what it doesn't, nor on who reads it or who doesn't. I'll simply write what I have to say and let God decide who reads it.
I'm proud of the effort I've put into this blog so far, and I don't say that in arrogance but in sincerity (you know, sometimes it's quite alright to be proud of the work you do). Many of the posts were first scribbled, then written and re-written once or twice, some even more than that. And they required quite a bit of energy and brain power, expended joyfully by yours truly.
But now for an honest confession: In every post from the beginning of this blog's existence and until the end of 2018, I was trying my best not to offend anyone or step on the toes of church-goers with whom I associated. Most of all, I wanted to make sure I could support my opinions with scripture, and while that's still important, I think there's value in what God shows each of us about our lives that we can't find in His word. And so that's the value I plan to give you in every single post from now on, be they few or many.
It is my hope, at the very least, that some of this will help you navigate your life's desert, and find a little peace along the way.
My best always,
July 12, 2019
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