Continuing Strategy of TNC


I've already made a point to suggest that my ministry is centered on writing. I've written an article for Evangelical Missions Quarterly that is slated for January 2014 issue and I'm under assignment with Enrichment Magazine for an article on starting military ministries in local churches. And, thanks to a hospital stay for my daughter, I've been able to get back into blogging, mostly by chronicling her 2 weeks in the hospital.

The problem I have is that I love my three blogs a lot, at least at any given time when I'm interested in the subject they cover. I have a blog about cystic fibrosis, which I haven't written on in some time because I wrote about the hospital stay on this blog. I have a mentoring blog, which I thought would turn out to be a major ministry in and of itself, but that didn't really materialize. I think that churches already believe they support mentoring even if they don't. Anyway, I also have a fourth blog in the works for writing travel reviews on countries that Sailors visit.

What does this mean? Well, it means on one hand that I don't have any idea what I really want to write about. Or rather, I want to write about everything. I'm not just a one-passion man. I love technology, mentoring, being a Christian sailor, and beating cystic fibrosis. I also like politics, but my politics are a little different than most Christians, so I try to refrain from writing about it. Besides, what am I supposed to say about the government I've sworn to protect?

Suffice to say, I needed a new blogging plan of action. Starting now, I will publish at least one post per week in each of my passions. If I get excited enough to publish more than that, then so be it. However, the point of it all is to publish one post, build a following, expand my Twitter position and the Navy Christian Facebook page, and continue to write articles for magazines. In a few years, I really want to have a book deal. Probably a goal for 2016.

So there you have it. Things are changing a little in order to expand my writing platform in preparations for the future. Just think...someday you'll be able to say, “I knew him then.”

3 comments:

Steven Massey said...

I know I'm nitpicking, but if I remember correctly, the oath of enlistment is to protect the Constitution, not the Government.

I really enjoyed this post. Glad you are looking to the future, and that you have goals set for your writing! God Bless!

Dan Smith said...

Good point. I'm just to obey his orders. Still, with the current spying problem, I'll keep most of my comments to myself!

boilt frog said...

Here is the text of the oath
I, [name], do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.[1]

Who is the "his" of "his orders?" What orders will you not obey? Are you aware of the consequences of disobedience? If you are convicted, what happens to Samantha's medical care? Are you prepared for the big question of civilian life: "Have you ever been convicted of a felony? If yes explain."

How much time do you plan to spend on writing? What happens if you get orders to go forth and sail to participate in the illegal, unconstitutional war in Afghanistan? You will have a lot of time to write.