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Top 10 Blog Posts Published in 2014

Yesterday I shared the Top 10 viewed posts in 2014, regardless of when the post was published. Today, from the home office in Pella, Iowa, I’d like to share the Top 10 blog posts I published in 2014. Perhaps you missed a few. Enjoy!

  1. You Heard Right…We’re Moving
  2. “There are No Wrong Notes”
  3. A Recap and Review of our Caribbean Cruise
  4. 10 Ways I Tried NOT to Exasperate Our Children
  5. Joy of the Dance
  6. Blind Spots
  7. The Courage to Audition
  8. “Yes, You Can.”
  9. The Prodigal’s Lesson for Parents
  10. Throwback Thursday: Before Pella’s Tulip Time

My Payment for these Posts

hired.
(Photo credit: jakebouma)

Chapter-a-Day 1 Corinthians 9

If I were doing this on my own initiative, I would deserve payment. But I have no choice, for God has given me this sacred trust. What then is my pay? It is the opportunity to preach the Good News without charging anyone. That’s why I never demand my rights when I preach the Good News. 1 Corinthians 9:17-18 (NLT)

Four or five years ago I was approached by a publisher who wanted to make a book out of my chapter-a-day posts. I won’t lie to you. I was thrilled and flattered. Being an author has always been a bit of a dream. At that point in this blogging journey I’d just about blogged on every chapter of the New Testament, so I quickly made plans to package that for publication as a book of devotional thoughts. I made preliminary arrangements with the publisher, hired an editor and began the task of compiling and cleaning up the material.

When the contract came from the publisher and I began to read it through, I suddenly woke up to the hard reality of the situation. I would be signing over the rights to the material in all of those posts to the publisher. I would have to delete each one from my blog and take them off-line. I would no longer have any control of the content. It would be the publishers material to package and sell as they wished, and it would no longer be in my hands.

I will never forget the conversation Wendy and I had that day. It was Wendy who saw the obvious and did not hesitate to answer. “I think your posts reach far more people than you realize,” she said to me. She then told me directly that she felt that it was the wrong decision to package and sell what has been, and should be, freely given. She was right and I knew it as soon as the words left her lips. Just like Paul relates in today’s chapter, I was called to proclaim God’s Message [which is another story I’ve been reminded that I need to share in a post someday – thank you, Kevin]. I am compelled.

Perhaps I will still realize my dream of being an author someday. It will not, however, be my chapter-a-day posts. I threw away the publisher’s contract that day and told them I was respectfully declining their offer. The posts would remain on-line and freely available to anyone who cares to read them. My payment is the simple knowledge that you’re reading these words.

Chapter-a-Day Index Now Available!

Over the past six years, as I’ve been blogging my chapter-a-day journey through each book of God’s Message, I’ve occasionally had people tell me that they would like the ability to quickly reference my posts on a specific book or chapter. Because the posts are spread out across time and I haven’t exactly been logical in the order with which we’ve wandered through, it makes hunting through the categories or archives of the blog a bit of a crazymaker. There is a search feature on the sidebar of the blog site, but even I admit that a search for a direct reference will often fail to come up with the obvious, desired result.

Over the past few months my daughter, Madison, has been working on a project for me to list and hyperlink every chapter-a-day post into an easily referenced table. You can access it in at least two easy ways:

  • Follow this link and then bookmark the page for quick access from your web browser’s bookmark bar or menu.
  • Go to the main blog site and then look just below the header image at the top of the page where it says “Chapter-a-Day Index.” The index will always be available by clicking on that link.

I hope that this provides people with easier access to old posts. Please let me know if you have problems or experience a broken link.

Enjoy!

Chapter-a-Day Psalm 18

Thank You Trash...
Thank You Trash… (Photo credit: Daniel Slaughter)

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good!
    His faithful love endures forever.
Psalm 18:1 & 29 (NLT)

Wendy and I found ourselves in conversation yesterday about our blessings. We were discussing a person whose Facebook posts seem endlessly full of “glass half empty” angst at how difficult life is for them. It prompted a great discussion between us about blessing and thanksgiving. Even looking back at my blog posts and Facebook posts, I think about what they say about my attitudes in every day life. I’ve been griping a lot about the travel industry lately as I’ve gotten delayed and rerouted in my business travels. It’s so easy to fall into griping mode in my momentary frustration and ignore the fact that I’m so grateful for a great job and wonderful clients who hire me.

Everyone’s life is full of hardship on different levels, and we all need to vent once in a while when we’re feeling burdened. God tells us to cast our cares on Him because He cares for us. But, even when I’m going through a tough time I try to remind myself each and every day how abundantly blessed I am. In a land where Thanksgiving is celebrated as a once a year holiday, I attempt to celebrate it every day in my spirit through my prayers and my attitude.

Today, I’m thankful for the abundant blessings I take for granted. Things like life, health, safety, home, loving family, wonderful friends, good community, clean water, food, air conditioning, and choices.

A Huge Milestone, but Not the End of the Journey

Walking...It was almost 10 years ago that my friend, Kevin, and I started our chapter-a-day journey. It started as just two guys who wanted to read God’s Message in a more faithful and disciplined way. The idea was simple. Read one chapter every weekday and share one thing we got out of the chapter. We started by calling one another to talk about the chapter.

In 2006 I began blogging and our chapter-a-day seemed a natural fit for the blog. While Kevin and I still call one another almost every weekday to share life, our chapter-a-day journey moved on-line where I post my thoughts and Kevin adds his own valuable two-cents in a comment. Along the way others have joined in the journey. Some faithfully walk along with us. Others share a mile or two before moving on. Some people chime in with a comment now and then, which I love. Others, I’ve discovered, have quietly walked along with us without ever saying a word about it. That’s cool, too.

A few years ago I was approached by a publisher who wanted me to publish my posts in a book. I started the process of turning the posts into a manuscript and hired an editor. As I began reading through the contract, however, I discovered that the publisher would require me to take all my posts off-line since they would then own the rights to my posts. When I discussed this with Wendy, she immediately encouraged me to give up the idea of publishing my posts. She was right, and I informed the publisher that I would not be signing their contract. And so, all the chapter-a-day posts remain out there free for any other wayfaring stranger who stumbles upon them. I hope they will continue to be an encouragement for others.

I’ve been keeping track of what we’ve covered since back in 2006. We’ve journied through some books multiple times. But with the completion of Ezra, we’ve now journied through every book of God’s Message at least once! Technically, there should be a chapter-a-day post for every chapter in the Bible!

I’m working on adding a page to my blog that will list all of the books and chapters with a hyperlink to each chapter-a-day post. It will take a while and I’m already discovering that there are a few chapters missing here or there. When you blog at 4-6 a.m. it’s easy for the brain to misfire once in a while. Not only that, but from time to time I think I struggled to get anything out of a chapter and just skipped it. As I discover these missing chapters, I’ll be filling in posts until I’ve got everything covered.

So, now what? The journey continues. Life changes it, and with those changes there are new things to learn from God’s Message that address the path I find myself on right now. Since I began, I’ve been using Eugene Peterson’s paraphrase The Message. I did so because I’d not read the Bible in that version before and I loved Peterson’s take. I think I may switch to a different translation, but chapter-a- day will continue.

A special thank you to Kevin, who has been my friend and fellow wayfarer through these many years. And thanks to Wendy who gently and faithfully encourages me when I occasionally wonder why in the world I take the time to write these posts every day. Thanks to those fellow wayfarers, both known and anonymous, who have walked along side me.

Press on.

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