Hello, there! I’m Christopher, which you should have known if you saw my cute little green logo. So, let me not distract you from the following post. I hope you like it! I’d love to hear your thoughts after you’re done reading it! Enjoy!
Well, I finally got around to writing this. In my English PACE (workbook), they told me to write a chapter on one part of my life. And so I decided to write about my website. I’m sure you all would like to read it. So Eva and everyone else, here you go!
I have always liked to write. When I was young, I wrote short stories. Then I wrote a short book (which still needs more work) and a movie script. (I am currently writing another book and some other things.) I also liked writing devotions. I loved the thought of strengthening other Christians in their faith. I wanted to start a website with devotions or write a devotional book. But when would that be?
On November 7, 2014, I asked my father, who sometimes preaches at the English service we attend, why he didn’t use one of the commentaries he had on Colossians, which he started a series of but didn’t finish. He responded that he didn’t have time to read everything. A few minutes after I had returned to my room, he came in, carrying in a stack of commentaries.
“What are those for?” I asked.
“Well, you are going to preach the next part of Colossians!”
I was not happy at this prospect at all. I had written sermons when I was younger that weren’t very good. I plopped down on my bed and cried for a bit. But after my dad told me that he felt like the Lord wanted me to do this, I accepted it.
After he prayed for me, we started talking. Somehow, the idea of starting a website that mainly featured devotions every week came up and he allowed me to do it.
And so I had three weeks to prepare for my sermon (originally the plan was going to be one week). I read the Scripture passage (I had to start at Col. 3:18 and decided to end at 4:1), read multiple commentaries, and read them all over again, verse by verse. Slowly, I started writing my sermon.
I listened to the first episode of the Inner Tube again to get some ideas for good website hosts and added one that my dad found online to my list. So I did research on which host would fit my needs better. SquareSpace didn’t work because there were no free plans (wasn’t ready to pay for a site yet). I really dislike WordPress and there are ads for the free plan. Yet I liked Wix (transitions between pages were so tempting!), I chose Weebly. And I don’t regret it.
November 28 was a very exhausting day. It took about an hour to by a domain name from GoDaddy and then Weebly said I would have to upgrade in order to connect the domain! Drained, I published my website on a subdomain, still on the free plan. (GoDaddy would refund my domain 5 days later.)
On November 30th, I preached my sermon entitled “How To Treat Others In Christ (Colossians Part 7).” It went a whole lot better than I thought it would. I thank God for my success.
When I checked my site a few days later, I was so pumped to see that Trenton Landmark was the first to comment! There were a few others and I was so happy!
But posting my first real devotion was a near nightmare. It was a tad too neagative and had to rewrite it the night before posting it, and already was late! I posted it early Saturday morning (Friday afternoon in America). When I checked to see who commented, I was so happy to see that Chris Green stopped by! He’s such a great friend and a blessing, and I’m glad he stuck around for so long.
Another commenter who has been such a blessing was (now known as) God’s Thespian. She has been wonderful and actively commenting here. She has also done some promoting for me (um, I asked her a few times to do so) and even recently told some TRebbers about ApologetiX! Wow, she has been so wonderful!
Others who have been a blessing include Madeline, Robert, Eva, Josh, YP6, and Connie Eugenia Eugenius. They have been really supportive!
But the work put into this website started to take its toll on me. I barley had time to do much else. All I was really doing was school, write the next devotion, then get stressed out about the next devotion to write. So I finally altered my schedule to post devotions every other Friday and post reviews on the other Fridays. I feel a lot better and have been able to do some other stuff!
I’ve learned many lessons in the last 20 weeks. Not only cutting back was one of them, but also trusting God for future devotion ideas, being kind, and a whole lot more!
I thank God for this wonderful opportunity!
So, how did you like reading my story? It’s amazing what God can do!
Now you know my part time job.
First off, you can read part of my sermon on my devotion entitled “Cherish Her, Respect Him” that I released near Valentine’s Day. Next week you can read part of my sermon that was called “Words” (with tobyMac’s Speak Life as the offering song). I still need to trim it and possibly change the name.
On Sunday, I preached a sermon entitled “Talk About Suffering” (but didn’t use Phil Keaggy’s Talk About Suffering for the offering song) and will release part of it here for you all!
Don’t forget to come here on Friday for a very important post.
Hello again! I’m so happy you finished reading my post, and, boy, do I hope you liked it!