Happy new year, friends! Here we are, January 3. Ready or not, 2019, here we come!
First off, thank you for sharing and passing my blog along to your friends! We just hit 41,000 subscribers, and I couldn’t be more excited about that!
Now, before we get into tonight’s post, I have to share with you something that, honestly, has rocked my world recently. With the New Year in full swing, many of you have been reaching about about blogging advice. And my ebook, “My Blogging Tips” goes into full detail and practical advice on blogging. However, I have recently discovered a new strategy that is not yet in the book. And it is this: Pinterest. It’s often mistaken as “social media” in the sense of Facebook or Instagram, but it is actually a search engine, a la Google! So as bloggers, it really behooves us to get our “stuff” on there!
And I’ve discovered, through personal recommendation, a tool to help me do that. And it is called Tailwind. I like to call it the “crock pot” of Pinterest, because you literally “set it and forget it.” Now let me tell you…I started using Tailwind back a little before Christmas. And when I began, I got maaaybe 100 impressions a month. I started using Tailwind…and when I went back on Monday to check how my traffic was doing, and it had grown to 671,400 impressions A MONTH. 671 Thousand! I almost fell out of my chair. And so I just had to share that with you. You can try it for free for 30 posts by clicking here. So there you go – if one of your resolutions is to take your blogging to the next level, read my ebook and sign up for Tailwind!!
Alright – SO! As I’m writing this, I am barreling down the highway on my way to Indianapolis. I mentioned that I was going to a conference this week in Indiana, but I figured, what the heck — why be buttoned-up about it? The fact is…there’s a chance that I could run into some of YOU there, so here we go!
I’m heading to the FOCUS conference: SEEK 2019!! I am so SO excited about it. FOCUS stands for the Fellowship of Catholic University Students. I was involved in that organization in college, and after college, and my family is very involved still to this day. SEEK is this huge, gathering of 20,000 young people who want to grow in faith and fellowship together at the conference!
But I’m so excited! Leah Darrow is speaking tonight. And I haven’t spilled the beans on this yet, but I will be on her podcast coming up in early 2019! We recorded back in December, and I am thrilled to see her this evening!
There are so many Christian powerhouses that are going to be in attendance — Fr. Mike Schmitz, Jason Evert, Dr. Scott Hahn, Chris Stefanick. Plus, music by NEEDTOBREATHE, Matt Maher, and others. It’s going to be incredible!
SO! If you’re going to be at SEEK, come say hello! I’d love to chat and meet you!
But as I’ve been preparing for SEEK, I’ve been thinking about the role of young people in the propulsion of our faith as followers of Jesus.
Because ask Kylie Jenner – the youngest billionaire and “lip kit” aficionado: young people have a lot of influence and buying power.
So how do we translate that to our faith?
Because whether we like to accept it or not, we are responsible for the health of our community of believers. We can’t just sit by apathetically and say, “someone else take the lead.“
We are the future of our faith. And “closed doors christianity” just isn’t going to cut it anymore. We cannot be secretly Christian and practice our faith in privacy, behind closed doors. We need to live our faith out loud. Let it infiltrate how we live, how we speak, how we purchase, the media we consume. We need to show up in life, as followers of Jesus.
Because the world, much like the farm land outside my car window, is a spiritually barren place.
We need to show up, and breathe life into this broken and hurting world. Starting with our communities. Our spheres of influence. Our own four walls.
I am so inspired by these college kids that are showing up this weekend at SEEK. They are on fire for Christ, and living their faith out loud, in arguably the most inhospitable landscape to be a Christian: college.
We are not on an island. We are a community of believers, and we are not alone on our walk with Christ. We have brothers and sisters beside us, cheering us along the way.
It’s time we take our faith out from behind closed doors, and let the world see His light and His love, living in our hearts.
Let’s make 2019 the year we take our faith to the streets!
Because the world needs it.
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