Daily Post: Dormant
Like the proverbial tree-in-the-forest joke, I wonder at times about my dormant days as a writer. If I fail to write an article and post it on my blog, and no one notices, do I really make a difference? For instance, Tuesdays are more often than not dormant days for me on the blog. Tuesdays, the Senior Men’s Golf Association at Lake Park Golf Course meet and have a weekly tournament. The 80 or so players on any given week are divided into 3 flights and play for a top prize of $27.50 in each flight, which almost covers the entry fee for playing golf that day. By the time I return home, have some lunch, clean up, and sit down at my computer, writing is pretty much the last thing on my mind. In fact, this tree in the forest pretty much defines my state of being for the rest of the day. So the question remains, when the quiescent silence prevails, do I make a difference?
If a tree falls in the forest, and there’s nobody around to hear, does it make a sound? Simple question right? How do you interpret “sound”? Do you mean the compressions and rarefactions of the air resulting from physical disturbances caused by the falling tree, sending audio frequencies through the stillness of the forest? Or do you mean the physical signals received by the unique human organs inside our heads which are then synthesized as our brains form perceptions based on these signals, “Aha! A tree is falling!”?
Today isn’t Tuesday, it’s Saturday. And today, like Meghan Trainor, I’m “all about that bass, no treble.” No longer dormant, my mind is barreling along at a pretty good clip, heavy on the bass, not a lot of treble. I’m wondering exactly how to communicate to you, each of you, as readers of this blog, how to awaken from the quiescent silence. It helps perhaps if we understand the “quiescent silence” and define “make a difference.”
Yes, it is a habit of mine to read the Daily Post word, in this case “dormant,” and try to come up with a hook for my title. Usually in this process I find a synonym to use as a springboard or writing inspiration. Hence, “quiescent” really just means “dormant.” So, if my writing goes dormant on Tuesdays, do I make a difference? In the tree-in-the-forest example above, the answer depends on how you define “sound.” In my example perhaps the answer lies equally in how one defines “make a difference.”
My blog presence allows readers all over the world to read something inspirational, or something that will lead them to the Bible, or something that points them to a spiritual truth, at least that is my daily goal. This blog has been read in 76 countries around the world since January 2017. How astounding! What is even more startling to me, is that even on “dormant” days, rarely is there a Tuesday when someone doesn’t visit the site and read a past article. From the 173 articles written this year, someone has viewed an article, or page on the blog, 4,302 times. My response to this analysis provided by my host site is, “so what?” Because the question is, “have I made a difference?” If “make a difference” is defined by having a presence then the answer has to be “yes.”
However, if making a difference is to be defined by my seeing the “effect” my blog is having around the globe, then the answer will be “no.” I am not in China, Australia, India, or Cameroon. I do not know the readers personally. Yet, even if I did, I don’t know the 24-hour details of their lives, or how God is using me to “make a difference.” All I can do, is write. All I can do is pray for God to take this blog, and make it His. All I can do is be faithful to speak the truth in love, to everyone who reads this blog. So here it comes, are you ready?
Just like me, you will never know the difference you make in someone else’s life. Yet I want to encourage you to be faithful. Living for Jesus often requires us to realize that life may often seem dormant, with no one listening or watching. But we don’t know what God does with our words, actions, or the life lived for Him… we don’t see the effects, and maybe we never will. Just because you are not present to hear the tree fall… doesn’t mean it doesn’t make a sound.
We are created to experience God’s grace and extend God’s glory to the end of the earth. Living in such a way will always have long term eternal results, even if in this life it seems to be only a quiescent silence.
1 Timothy 4:1-2
I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths.
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