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Gratitude for a milestone
This morning, this newsletter hit a very meaningful milestone: 1,000 total subscribers. This may sound like a lot to others, but to me it is far more than I could ever have expected, especially in a short time. Writing is often lonely work: wide stretches of self-doubt punctuated by the insecurity that comes from working inside your head too much. Something like subscriber counts are not matter what most, but they do matter. Readers matter.
And I’m very thankful for my readers.
This newsletter exists for two reasons: To give myself a channel to think in real-time, and to try, with every fiber of my being, to be an example of thoughtful evangelical reflection that rises above the noise of the digital commons. I can only measure success in the first category by myself. But the second category is one that has to be confirmed by others. If people find me adding to the noise rather than pushing against it, I’m not succeeding, no matter how self-actualizing this whole project may be. The comments, the subscriptions, the shares—all of these are valuable beyond the boost to my ego. They are confirmations, small but real, that the noise really is being cut, and that there are people who benefit from my efforts to cut it.
I hope that in 2021 this newsletter somehow helped you find wisdom in a restless world. And I hope that in 2022 it continues to do that even better, that my errors and mistakes will land light and that the truth and wisdom discovered in these pages will be the kind you can not only stand on, but rest on. I hope these pages are a blessing to you, because you have a been blessing to me.
Further up and further in.