I’ve never been happier to introduce someone new to the blogging scene as I am right now. I wrote “way back when” about this great communicator and writer and I’m happy to say he’s now blogging over at aramblinman.com . I also happen to know this blogger pretty well …very well , actually. He’s been an ongoing life-giving moment for me for many years now and I’m blessed to have been married to him for almost 30 of those years !! — July 15th . I have to say, he has probably taught me more about an honest walk with God than anyone else I know. I’ve seen this man day in and day out — the good and the bad — and I love who he is — no pretense — just real and down-to-earth. He’s my best friend — and sometimes therapist 🙂 — and has helped me be a better version of me than I would have been without him ! He’s encouraged me so much in my journey and has given me so much grace in the process ! He prods me to think deeper, ask better questions, see the real reason behind what might appear on the surface, keep it honest, laugh a lot and have fun, and heap piles and piles of grace all around ! I’m so excited that he’s writing and sharing the gift God has given him to communicate through words — words that are relevant and real. Today’s post is copied from his new blog “A Ramblin Man” ( http://www.aramblinman.com ). I’d like you to meet the Ramblin’ Man himself — my husband, Roger Martin — and be sure to check out all his latest episodes!
I wrestled for weeks and months with whether I would begin serious blogging. In fact, I put this blog together months ago, and I’m only just now publishing. I will tell you why. I want to be great. Years ago, the band Calloway sang: “I wanna be rich.” I can’t relate. Seriously. I don’t want to be rich, but I do want to be great.
Snow White’s wicked witch wanted to be good looking. Not me. I could care less about whether I am the “fairest of them all.” I rarely even bother looking at a mirror (probably obvious to people who see me often)! I don’t want to look good, but I do want to be great.
Put another way, I want to be “discovered.” If there had been an “American Idol” for public speakers, I would have been the first in line to audition. I want to be discovered. I have felt the pull of this for most of my life.
Years ago, as a pastor, I did a teaching that I thought was amazing (read: “It would really help a lot of people!”) So, I submitted it to an organization that distributed top-quality teachings, and then I waited by the phone. It never rang. That’s embarrassing—not that I didn’t get a call back…but that I contacted them at all. It wasn’t about helping people. It was a sad attempt to get a pastor in a corner of Massachusetts “discovered.”
If there is any consolation at all, I am quite sure I am not the only one. Particularly encouraging: most of Jesus’ best friends had the same obsession. One day, walking with his friends, Jesus asked what they had been arguing about earlier on the trip. Silence. Awkward silence. I love the Bible’s honest explanation: they had been arguing about which of them was the greatest.
Peter wanted to be great. John wanted to be great. Judas wanted to be great. Andrew wanted to be great. Stand in line, guys.
“So you want to be great, Peter…John…Andrew…Roger?” Jesus asks. ““If anyone wants to be first, he must be the very last, and the servant of all.” (The Bible, Mark 9:35, NIV) If you want to be great, become obsessed with serving. Stop trying to make a name for yourself, and build your life around blessing others.
I’m working at doing just that, which is why I am hesitantly stepping out to blog. Here and there I’m learning some stuff (usually the hard way) that might be helpful for my kids or someone else. As long as my blogging is about serving others, I’m good with it. If it becomes another attempt for Roger to be “discovered,” I’m shutting it down.
I’ll go a step further. If you as a reader sense I am drifting toward “discovery” rather than serving, send me a note and call me on it. Help keep a rambling man a humble man.