Blogging can be time consuming. People have asked me how I find the time to blog, and the answer to that is partially “basketball players shoot free throws, musicians play their instruments, and writers write.” For this reason writing is not as time consuming for a writer as it is for most people! So, to put this principle straightforwardly– it doesn’t actually take me as long to write a blog as it may appear (or not appear depending on if you think I have a good blog or not). Nonetheless, there is still a time commitment to consider when writing a blog.
As a Christian I see everything through the lens of glorifying and honoring my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. So this means that my priorities are decided for me by God who speaks to His people in the Bible. At the church where I work we are always asking the question “What is the greatest use of my life for God’s Kingdom?” So, on a daily basis I have to ask “What is the greatest use of my day for God’s Kingdom?” My primary task as a pastor is to shepherd God’s people, and this means I must prioritize prayer, studying, discipling, encouraging, admonishing, etc. The priorities of my work day thus end up being prayer and Bible study, studying for future teaching, caring for the souls and the physical needs of God’s people placed into my care as an associate pastor of my church. But, there are qualifications for an elder in a church that supersede even the task of being a shepherd in our work specifically! For example, to be called to be an elder you must be maintaining your household, and this means not neglecting what is going on with your home. My wife, therefore, takes priority over even many work tasks. If I’m not loving my wife properly and appropriately then no matter how well I’m doing in my work I’m actually not doing what I’m called to do, because a per-requisite for an elder is that an elder be “the husband of one wife.” We must ask, “what does the Bible tell us a husband should be?” Well, 1 Peter 3:7 says, “husbands, live with your wives in an understanding way, showing honor to the woman as the weaker vessel, since they are heirs with you of the grace of life, so that your prayers may not be hindered.” So, to be the husband of one wife isn’t only referring to an elder not being an adulterer, but also that the husband is living in a way that is understanding towards his wife, helping cultivate their souls since they are “heirs with us,” and there is an obvious task of prayer involved as well. So, for me to be spending my time wisely I must be maintaining my household, and loving my wife in a biblical way; I can assure you this is a very time consuming commitment! This is not something you can just check off a task list, but for you to be loving your wife as you ought you must devote yourself to daily quality time.
So, considering all that is going on in my life as a husband, a pastor, a friend, a neighbor, a member of a family, and a student, I must prioritize how I spend my time in light of clear biblical instruction. For me, this means I spend a large amount of time with my wife, my family, my church family, non-believers at my gym, and in my studies. By the time I add in sleeping, eating, driving, cutting the grass, doing all the errands I need to do, helping clean the house, and all this other stuff, my day is basically filled. So, when in the world do I have time to write a daily blog post? Let me give you 5 suggestions….
- Write before you begin your big study of the day. Wake up, get ready, read your Bible, pray, and then write your blog before the big study of your day.
- Use the breaks in your day. A typical day for me means getting to work at 8:30. I tend to take a break around lunch time at 12:00. I then tend to work until around 5:00 and I leave. This means I have a break time when I could write at around 12:00 PM, from 5:00-6:00. I also tend to go to the gym somewhere between 5:00-7:30, and then I go home. I can write a blog when I return home and especially when my wife falls asleep around 9:30 PM.
- Write at the end of the day. I would say most of my writing gets done around 9:30 PM when my wife has fallen asleep. I tend to sleep from about 12:00 AM-7 AM, so that gives me about a 2 hour window to catch up on school work and write a blog.
- Pull from past writings. The cool thing about being a pastor and a seminary student is that I’m literally always reading something, I’m always studying a topic, and I’m always writing papers. There is no reason why you can’t pull from past works you’ve either taught or studied and use that as your blog post material.
- Take advantage of your days off and your days of travel. I’m able to produce a lot of content for my blog on my days off. I have Tuesdays and Saturdays off, and if I write two blogs for each of those days then that means I have 4 of the 6 for the week already written, so I only need to write 2 on days of work. Just because you have something written doesn’t mean you have to publish it, so save your work to a document and upload it onto your blog on a day when you don’t have time to write something substantive. Also, days of traveling on a plane or in a car can be wonderful times for you to write blog material.