As we head into 2013, I’m making some changes in how I serve you. I want to serve you better.
I’ve never been big into New Year’s changes. I mean, if they’re important changes to make, why wait until an arbitrary date—the passage from December to January—to make them?
But we hold off until the New Year so we can indulge or procrastinate a bit longer. There’s nothing magical about starting on January 1. I can count lots of resolutions I made simply because it was New Year’s. It’s no surprise they failed.
But these changes are due to some other reasons.
#1: Listen to the voice within the voice. Before Christmas I had a providential conversation with my professor friend Darrell Velegol. Gently he confronted some things in me. I could have chosen to be offended, but through my fumblings over time, I’ve learned to treat criticism as a teacher. Proverbs 27.6 says, “faithful are the wounds of a friend.”
In addition to this gift, I also read a ground-breaking book over Christmas. Michael Hyatt’s book, “Platform,” shifted me seismically. It helped me to evaluate where I’m at in ministry and plan where I want to go. Within both these conversations, I heard a voice within the voice. It identified tension I have been feeling and clarified a solution. In other words, it was a confirming voice, something I had already been hearing.
#2: If you have the chance, offer the world only what you can. For five years, I’ve written on a large variety of topics including: current events, technology, ministry, discipleship, and family. These topics interested me and inspired me at the time. For this reason, my blog has functioned like a diary, flowing from topic to topic at my will.
But I don’t think this is best for you. With all the drains on your time and attention, you should know what you’re going to get from me. And it should be unique, authoritative, and important. I can’t do that with every topic, but I can do it with a few. My blog will center on Prayer, Power, and the Presence of God. (With that said, I reserve the right to cover pressing topics occasionally). It’ll be at www.CSHeinz.com soon.
#3: If you offer the world only what you can, do it the best you can. I want to serve you the best way possible with the means I have available. Instead of writing once a week, I plan to write three times a week. You’ll be able to receive a blog when it’s published or a weekly digest of new blogs. I’ll aim for about 500 words. This means a redesign of the website and the way blogs are delivered.
I’ll offer a monthly webinar on different types of prayer. Register for the webinar on praise on January 7 from 8:00 – 9:00 PM ET. We’ll discuss 12 easy ways to praise God and 7 results of praise. Later in the year, “Made To Pray” will be published.
Question: As you head into 2013, what can you offer the world that only you can? You can leave a comment below.
A few reminders:
1. Make a year-end donation for our mission trip to Southeast Asia. Your gift will help us bring Philippines slum pastors Roy and Evelyn Malpas to the conference. Worship recording artist Allan Scott is now coming with us.
2. Register for the January 7 webinar. And invite a friend. It will be better than you’re expecting.
3. You’re the reason I do what I do.