Reflecting on Romans 8:1

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Reflecting on this passage recently made me think about how, if there are people in our lives that are constantly criticizing us and being negative towards us, why do we allow them to shape our lives and our identity when Jesus says there’s no condemnation for those who love him? For people who have negative thinking and an invisible voice inside them that’s condemning them (like me), why do you give allegiance to that voice when Jesus says he doesn’t condemn you?

Just think about it.

Conquering Doubts and Starting a Blog

Friends, I’ve decided to start a blog. There are a lot of reasons why I didn’t want to start one and still don’t really want to, but I’m going to push through them because I think the positives outweigh my personal hesitations. If you have a blog or public persona, I’d like to know what personal fears you conquered or struggles you overcame when making your own decision to venture into this realm of blogging/creating.

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6 Reasons Why I Didn’t Want to Start a Blog:

Fear

-Will people even find this worth reading? Does it add value to people’s lives or to a particular conversation?

Am I Smart Enough to Have a Blog?

Am I Drawing Too Much Attention to Myself?

-I feel like there’s such a culture of self-promotion today that I was hesitant to engage. But I’m going to try to walk that line between self-promotion and giving value/raising awareness.

My ADD

-It’s hard for me to sit down, focus, and write a whole blog. I want to see things through to completion, but I also know myself and know this won’t be as easy for me as it is for some people.

Competition

-There are so many blogs out there, will anyone even want to read or listen to what I have to say?

The Internet is a Noisy Place

-There’s so much content on the Internet, some of it great and some of it garbage, I don’t want to just add to the noise. I want to provide value and give a voice to the voiceless.

 

5 Reasons Why I’m Doing It Anyway

-I believe God has given me a unique perspective and a prophetic voice to say something.

-I’ve been called to a unique niche of people. I have a responsibility to the poor and to the vulnerable children, to be their voice in a noisy, busy world.

-I believe keeping a blog will me work through my own issues surrounding shame and negative self-talk. It’ll also keep me from giving into fear.

-I want to do more speaking to raise awareness about the issues facing the poor and vulnerable children. I hope this blog will help open those doors.

-I hope this blog will me raise awareness and ultimately money for Unity 4 Orphans through a different channel.

 

On this blog, I intend to share more of the personal story that led to the creation of Unity 4 Orphans and more of the behind-the-scenes of the organization. But I’ll also be sharing lighter stuff, too. Movie reviews (if you know me, you know I love to watch movies), bible verses, favorite videos and memes, stuff from my travels, my thoughts, and whatever else develops organically. I hope you’ll join me at JoeBrandi.com.