As 2014 winds down, I’m taking time this week to look back at my blog stats to see what seemed to generate the most traffic. I’ve been blogging for over eight years, and it’s interesting to see which posts continue to generate interest over the years even though they may be ancient in terms of the world wide web.
I’ll be posting a few different lists this week. Here are the ten most popular posts from my blog in 2014, regardless of when they were published:
- 10 Ways Being a Theatre Major Prepared Me for Success
- Top 5 Things Wrong with “The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug”
- You Heard Right: We’re Moving
- Preparing for a Role: Rehearsal Process
- Preparing for a Role: How Do You Memorize All Those Lines?
- Getting Away from Crazy makers
- Theatre is Ultimate Fitness for Your Brain!
- “There are No Wrong Notes”
- Art Heals (continued)
- The Art and Progression of Sexual Intimacy
“But for you who fear my name, the Sun of Righteousness will rise with healing in his wings. And you will go free, leaping with joy like calves let out to pasture.” Malachi 4:2 (NLT)
It’s always a shock to find out first thing in the morning that a friend has died unexpectedly. I was blessed to share the stage with our friend Sherm and to direct him. He was a sweet spirit and a gentle soul. He was a fellow wayfarer, following Jesus. He shared with us some of his story, and much of it was filled with sadness and many trials. Yet, whenever I worked with or spent time with him he was full of joy.
I read this verse from the prophet Malachi this morning, and was reminded of Sherman. His journey through this earthly life ended this week, but the Sun of Righteousness has just risen at his homecoming. The scars on his soul are healed. I am encouraged to think of him whole, free, and leaping with joy.
Pharaoh said to Jacob, “How many years have you lived?” So Jacob said to Pharaoh, “The years of my sojourning are one hundred and thirty; few and unpleasant have been the years of my life, nor have they attained the years that my fathers lived during the days of their sojourning.” Genesis 47:8-9 (NASB)
Anyone who reads more than a few of my chapter-a-day posts knows that I regularly speak of life as a sojourn and a journey just as Jacob did with Pharaoh. I’m often asked about the name of my blog, Wayfarer, which simply means “someone on a journey.” In fact, one of the translations I read of the above verses this morning used the world “pilgrimage” instead of “sojourn,” which I also liked.
We are all on a life journey. Life is a sojourn. It is a pilgrimage.
So the questions I regularly ask myself are…
- What direction am I headed?
- What am I leaving behind?
- What am I trying to take with me that I should be letting go?
- What is my ultimate destination?
- Is there a better road for me to take?
- Have I chosen good companions? Do they spur me on or do they hold me back?