nothing new…

It’s been quiet in here lately. Honestly, I’m not entirely sorry for the silence. I simply don’t have anything to say that hasn’t already been said a thousand times and in a thousand different ways all over time, space, and the internet.

For a long time, I truly believed that I had something “new” to say, and if not “new,” well then, at least I would say it in a different, more meaningful way. I would share my words here in this little corner of the world wide web and impart wisdom to the masses. And, then again, maybe not.

Enter Solomon. The wisest one ever. Know what he said?

History merely repeats itself.
It has all been done before.
Nothing under the sun is truly new.
Sometimes people say,
“Here is something new!”
But actually it is old, nothing is ever truly new.

Ecclesiastes 1:9-10 (nlt)

The noise of the internet has overwhelmed me. People selling their wares and building their platforms. Experts arguing against experts each trying to prove the other wrong. New studies being published to discredit the old ones. All getting louder and louder until the very noise of the internet drowns out the one life I have to actually live.

I thought I wanted to live in that world. Some days, I still feel drawn to it. Like a kid at the beach, I stick my feet in and wiggle my toes in the sand. Pretty soon, the noise slams against my heart and the words ring loud in my head. Suddenly, I’m in over my head. I feel overwhelmed and underdressed. Try as I might, I can’t keep up with all of it.

And, when I look up from the screen of a not-quite-real-world, I see my very-real-world racing by at the speed of life. I’ve missed too many moments chasing the wind, only to realize that Solomon really did know a thing or two about life and living…

But, my child, let me give you some further advice.
Be careful, for writing books is endless,
and much study wears you out.
That’s the whole story.
Here now is my final conclusion.
Fear God and obey his commandments,
for this is everyone’s duty

Ecclesiastes 12:12-13

I’m not sure where this introspection leaves me, my writing, and this blog. For tonight, I’m enjoying the quiet of my real world and continuing to pray for His guidance because there is nothing new and He is the only One who matters.


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