(Please note that this introductory article was written and published to the original launch of the MFC blog.)
Well, this blog appeared out of nowhere, eh? So, what’s the order of business around here you ask?
For starters, allow me to introduce myself. My name is Justin Joseph, a recently-turned 28 year old millennial that lives in Columbus, OH. I’ll be married to my dear wife Christine for two years this month, and we also just moved in to our first home. Exciting times, and utter chaos indeed. I’m a web application QA analyst/automation testing specialist by trade, but more importantly, a follower of the Lord Jesus Christ and member of Westerville Bible Church. I enjoy, in no particular order, spending daily time in the Word, reading books authored by fellow believers, co-teaching my church’s junior high Sunday School class, singing in the same church’s choir, playing with fancy gadgets, watching hockey, spending time with Christine, etc. You can also find me on Facebook, not that it matters right now.
Now, what is this “inauguration” that identifies the article you’re reading? It’s what I’d like to coin “the possible beginning of more content from yours truly that expresses thoughts of varying topics of a spiritual nature that especially concern millennials”. More importantly, I have a goal with Millennials for Christ. You see, a few years ago as Jesus Christ was doing a lot of work to restore my life to spiritual relevance…and during that time I recorded brief videos in a series I called “Chronicles of Sanctification”. They were intended to encourage anyone that watched about the Lord’s sanctifying work in my life, and provide a small spiritual challenge along the lines of the topic I discussed. Well, that was then, and this is now. In a way, I think those videos were sort of “meh”. Yes, they may have had value, but ultimately I was biting off WAY more than I could chew. Plus, for someone that tends to obsess over being as perfect in his work as possible, you can waste hours upon hours coming up with “just the right script”, and “just the right eye contact”, and “just the right demeanor” and more or less drive yourself crazy. Though my videographic messages came from the heart, they just weren’t going to cut it in the long term.
Hence Millennials for Christ. Though I abruptly left the Chronicles series behind quite a while ago without so much as a peep about when or why, the burden I’ve had to be someone that could challenge those in my generation for Christ has only burned stronger and intensified. And, even though I have no idea what the Lord will permit time-wise with this, I figure there’s no point in waiting to see if the supposed “perfect conditions” might drop in my lap. So, here we go.
In the coming days, weeks, months…even years (Lord-willing) ahead, my intention is to simply write on this blog from the heart, but do so in manageable, bite-sized pieces. My desire is to especially target millennial Christian [men], but of course I would love for anyone to receive a blessing from the thoughts that God enables me to share. Just be warned, however. I’m not a theologian. I’m not a seminary graduate. I’m not an expert on anything as it pertains to the Bible. I’m also prone to doctrinal error, even the dreaded “typo” *gasp*. I don’t really intend to spend hours researching the topics I intend to write about either. There won’t even necessarily be consistency in what I talk about. I’m simply here to talk about what’s burdening my heart and spur conversation. And just to be clear, I don’t use “burden” to say I will only talk about problems and negative things. Whatever is of interest to me on any given day, I will attempt to write something coherent, biblical, and altogether thought-provoking. Or perhaps, dare I say it…”entertaining”? Also, despite my natural desire to want to “perfect” my writing, I’m going to try my hardest to avoid editing my content as though my paycheck is on the line. I just want to pour myself out and speak on behalf of Jesus Christ and His coming kingdom. Will this blog be unique? Well, only as much as my thoughts are really. I actually don’t care if this blog is state-of-the-art, if I have all the perfect widgets and social connectivity…any of that stuff. I just picked the first theme after I registered the name on WordPress and clicked “Finish”. It was a beautiful moment! I mean, absolutely if I can improve things around here I’ll pursue such measures…and really I’m always happy to receive suggestions for what to do, but in the end my goal is to exalt Jesus Christ, be transparent, and encourage/challenge you. I don’t need a flashy presentation to accomplish any of that.
I intend to be serious and playful around these parts, and hopefully that proves to be the case. If not, please yell at me in the most gracious way you can. And as far as what you’re going to see topic-wise, the sky is the limit. Just about every day something strikes me that would probably be in some way good to share. You’ll probably see articles on things along the lines of blessings from my time in the Word or those books, as I mentioned before…articles that address a concern I have for millennial Christians in general, prayer requests even…the whole spiritual gamut. I’m looking forward to this ministry getting off the ground, and I hope the idea of four to five paragraphs will make posts quick to write, but not contrived. And yes, if you read what I write, PLEASE respond in some meaningful, constructive way! (That means no, “Great article!” stuff… *grumble*)
And there you go. Ending here so I don’t ramble. I thank you for dropping by and your interest. I pray that you’ll be impacted by whatever is to come in the time ahead. And if you don’t mind, please ask the Lord’s blessing on this blog…that I would use it wisely…and only for His glory.
II Timothy 2:2 (ESV)
And what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.