I’m bringing this blog back to life.
At the same time, I’m changing it from what it once was.
For a blog I created to house my heart’s stories, this blog has been very impersonal. I’ve never really put anything here that gives any insight into who I am. Or, alternatively, who I’m becoming.
That’s going to change.
My life took an interesting turn recently. The person I am now is drastically different from who I was a year ago. My priorities are different. My passions are different. My faith is different—and that’s what this place is going to be about. Faith.
I am turning this site into a Christian blog.
It isn’t something I thought I’d ever do.
Don’t get me wrong, I’ve always identified as Christian (with various levels of commitment, but that’s a different story).
And this idea has occurred to me before. I’ve had the idea of writing about God for a long time now.
It was one of those things that would crop up in my spirit every so often and make me feel uncomfortable about putting it off, and then I’d push it back down and tell myself (and God) that I just wasn’t ready, I’d do it later, I wasn’t a regular enough blogger to attempt something that would so obviously require regular posting, I wasn’t a good enough Christian to start preaching.
So I put it off some more. And in some corner of my heart, I suspect I was willing to put it off indefinitely.
But interesting thing happened to me last year.
Sometime in the middle of 2017, my life—my carefully constructed, meticulous, goal-driven life—fell apart. I lost all joy in my work; my friendships felt empty; waking up day to day became a chore. Addictions replaced all my healthy habits. I fell into the pit of depression. Nothing made sense to me.
And then the Lord found me.
It feels weird to say that, because before I ran into my mid-2017 crisis I honestly felt I was in a good place with God. I felt like I had that part of my life down.
Looking back, though, that assumption was wrong. Yes, I was closer to God than I had ever been, but I was making a fundamental mistake, because He wasn’t number one in my life. He was there, but He wasn’t the point of it all.
And that wasn’t good enough (Matthew 22: 37-38).
I say that not in the sense of some kind of heavenly report card (“Nyameye put me number 3 in his life? Prepare the thunderbolts, Gabriel!”), but in the sense that my life wasn’t good enough when God wasn’t fully in it.
When I placed God in a neatly labeled box in a corner, it was my life that suffered. It was me that couldn’t find happiness (Psalm 37:4; Psalm 144:15).
But when God showed me what it meant to put Him first, everything changed. Everything began, finally, to make sense.
In these past few months, I have learned more about God than I ever knew. I have seen the change His presence has wrought in me, and in the people He has spoken to through me.
It’s more than I ever imagined.
Which brings me back to the topic of starting a Christian blog. There is so much the Lord has taught me and shared with me, and at some point I realized I couldn’t keep it all to myself. It wouldn’t be right. This stuff changed my life; I need to share it. I need to share Him.
And the more I think about it, the more it makes sense. My name, Nyameye, literally means “God is good”. It’s clear to me now that I was always meant to do this. I was always meant to stand for God and tell everyone who He really is.
God is good. And the world must know.
This blog will be me passing on the things the Lord tells me, the lessons the Holy Spirit teaches me. It is my hope that anyone who reads this blog will gain a deeper understanding of God and His Word.
There’ll be stories and random articles on the blog too now and then—in fact, I’m hoping to use this to return to blogging proper—but as a whole I’ll mainly be sharing the things the Lord gives me to tell.
In conclusion, I’d like to share one of the verses in the Bible that speaks to me the most:
And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.
—Rev 21: 3-5 (KJV)
Amen, my Father. I will write.