Whatever the case, a morning revelation settled the mostly unspoken (though sometimes widely discussed) issue of my blog.
The "revelation" stemmed from Ezra in Nehemiah 8. (Specifically verses 4-8)
Ezra opened the book. All the people could see him because he was standing above them; and as he opened it, the people all stood up. Ezra praised the LORD, the great God; and all the people lifted their hands and responded, "Amen! Amen!" Then they bowed down and worshiped the LORD with their faces to the ground.
The Levites—Jeshua, Bani, Sherebiah, Jamin, Akkub, Shabbethai, Hodiah, Maaseiah, Kelita, Azariah, Jozabad, Hanan and Pelaiah—instructed the people in the Law while the people were standing there. They read from the Book of the Law of God, making it clear and giving the meaning so that the people could understand what was being read.
One can only conclude from this passage that EVERY PERSON HAS A PLATFORM IN LIFE right? Priceless.
The thing that gets me is that platforms seem to have 4 primary characteristics...
Platforms have a purpose. (Neh. 8.4)
Platforms take time to construct. (Neh. 8.4 as well as the many chapters of context before 8)
Platforms reflect God's Word through your heart. (Neh. 8.7-8)
Platforms are an opportunity to encourage others. (Neh. 8.9-10)
I wondered for a second what my Platform was... What was my God-given gift? What had I received from the Lord to be used to bring people unto Him??
And sure as you are reading this, (HOPEFULLY you are still reading this) I knew!!!!
I have felt from the onset that my blog had a purpose- or at least that I had assigned it a purpose. To showcase my love for God, my husband and my children in that order.
My blog, has certainly taken time to construct. I started with NO ONE reading. It was more of an online journal/scrapbook than a blog.
My blog (HOPEFULLY) reflects God's Word through my heart as that is my foremost intention...
And possibly most obvious- my blog has been an opportunity to encourage others. (I have SO ENJOYED connecting with the many out there that have blogs- commenting, sharing via my blog, email and phone calls... )
And so- on the heels of this passage I firmly believe that right now- my blog is my platform. I am not a public speaker, not an author, not an evangelist, not a preacher, not a Sunday School Teacher even... BUT I AM A BLOGGER!!!
And for this I make no apologies. Not to people who come upon the blog and disagree with and or dislike it, not to people that think I'm too "Bible-Y" or too "Churchy" and not to any husband who not only finds no understanding as to why we spouses like to blog but who can't quite fathom why in the world anyone else out there would want to read our blogs.
Which brings me to my point... WHAT'S YOUR PLATFORM??