Authentic communication is all about finding your voice.
Your “voice” is not what you sound like when you speak, or even the words you use. Your voice comes from who you are, what’s important to you, and the connection you’re trying to make with your audience.
I’ve written this blog (under various titles) for six years now, and a succinct phrase explaining the vision and purpose for what I write has eluded me. In fact, it was while working through another possible title, “Just the Other Day” (the reasons for that title I’ll explain in another post), that I had an intriguing thought.
“Let your blog speak for itself,” the voice told me. “There’s a common thread — what is it?”
With that question rattling around in my head, I continued to work on a tagline for “Just the Other Day,” and quickly typed out the subtitle as “Stories of Life.”
So my title would be “Just the Other Day: Stories of Life.”
Wait a minute.
I felt a little like Willie Wonka (Gene Wilder’s version), who often told the Golden Ticket holders to “Reverse that!” because he said something in the wrong order.
Each and every post in this blog is about life. The joy of raising a child with Down Syndrome. Helping the Upper Ninth Ward in New Orleans come back to life following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. The love of an elderly husband for the wife of his youth. The gratitude of a father for God saving the life of a brain-damaged daughter. And the importance of facing the day spiritually prepared.
Maybe that’s because Jesus Christ is all about life. He came so that we might have life, and have it abundantly. Not just in heaven, but in the here and the now. In fact, Jesus said it best in the book of John.
I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. John 14:6
So as you might guess, this blog has a new title. A title that truly captures its voice. And this time, I think it will stick.
Welcome to “Stories of Life.”