Sunday, September 21, 2008

Before I Begin

Before I begin posting, I should tell you a bit about myself, the reason for this blog and what you can expect from it. The greatest reason for getting my thoughts online is just that – I want an outlet to share and express my thoughts with others. I don’t want to keep what I have been thinking and learning to myself and a few good friends. I will be posting personal “update” letters; thoughts on what I have been hearing in church or reading in Scripture or various good books; and just contemplations on life in general. I’ll take it from there. I enter this venture with no expectations but high hopes. Please leave a comment if you’re with me – I’d like to promote good discussion among any who might be reading.

First off, a (very) little about me. I am a homeschooled high-school student living in the suburbs with my family of seven. My life right now can be summarized very easily: church, writing, school. A life in three words.

The title of my blog, Fullness of Joy, comes from the sixteenth Psalm:

9Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoices; my flesh also will rest in hope. 10For You will not leave my soul in Sheol, nor will You allow your holy one to see corruption. 11You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

I recently had the great pleasure of attending our church’s youth summer camp at Indiana Wesleyan University. I changed greatly over that week. I changed perhaps more than I have over any other week (or month) in my life. The theme of the week was “Taste and See God’s Goodness” and came from Psalm 34. Spending five days of worship and study in a single psalm may seem like drudgery, but it was fantastic. As I was led through it by God working through Perry Garrett as well as my wonderful small group and youth group leaders, I was brought into the realization that the pleasures of this world have nothing to offer me - only God has that which is ultimately satisfying. In fact, we cannot even begin to take proper joy in anything unless He is our joy above all. Our love of Him will necessarily determine the way in which we love all else – how simple and seemingly obvious, yet how true and profound!

Over the three months since that time, I have been discovering just how infinitely valuable is the joy of being called a son of the living God. Please join me as I continue to discover. Leave a comment if you’re with me. I would like to promote good discussion among any who might be reading. Agree, disagree, ask for a topic - I’d love to hear what you have to say.