By Reba Phelps
It is completely unfathomable that one year ago this very Valentine’s Day I began writing this column. At the urging of friends and relatives I followed my passion and began the journey of writing for the Natchitoches Parish Journal.
I remember being so concerned thinking I may fail at this new venture. I recall the uncertainty and the possibility of running out of things to say. There was a deep fear that no one would read it or even relate to what I was writing about.
I spent countless hours researching blogs and what made them successful. Some bloggers post daily and others less often. I knew without a doubt that I did not have an interesting enough life to post something every day. Some blogs are blogs with a financial purpose. They are peddling products or targeting a certain audience.
Although I wasn’t pitching a product I certainly had an audience in mind that I wanted to reach.
The audience I had in mind was imperfect just like me. They were flawed with many mistakes under their belts. They were faulty by design. They came from broken homes. Their kids made bad grades and have never seen an honor roll. They have scars from bad marriages. They forgot to pay their kid’s lunch bill. (Why don’t they offer bank draft for this? I will have to check on that!)
My target market burned the family supper last night and had to eat cereal. It was even the full- sugar cereal not the healthy whole wheat version.
Once this audience was hand selected what did I need to share with them?
They are normal. They are forgiven. They are loved. They were made in God’s image and likeness. They are cherished by a King. You don’t have to be perfect all of the time. When you have nothing else you have hope. The faith of a mustard seed can move mountains. You win every time you choose love over bitterness or anger.
Sharing my stories with you this past year has been one of the biggest blessings of my life. I have heard from so many different people, all walks of life, and they all say the same thing. “I really needed to read this today.”
This is my story and thank you for being a part of it.
“And now these there remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”
1 Corinthians 13:13