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Why I Blog

When I started this blog nearly four months ago, I thought I would write about leadership exclusively. After all, I am a leader with plenty to say, and I could probably pen something relevant each week about the state of leadership in our schools. What I realized very quickly was that the topic didn’t excite me — not even a little. Then I thought about approaching it from a different angle — perception isn’t always reality — adding a layer of clarity to common misperceptions about the state of education. Well that didn’t do much for me either. So I started reading the blogs of leaders that I’ve met through Twitter chats. Most of them were writing about initiatives, policies, poverty, and performance on high-stakes tests, and they were passionate accounts of what they had experienced and their detailed plans for transforming education into something we could all be proud of. Although their articles were well-written and interesting, they just didn’t resonate with me. There seemed to be a common thread of competition inherent in most posts. They were all in favor of change, but they all had different strategies for effecting those changes. One thing I know about competition is that it can get really ugly really fast. Besides, I don’t typically compete with anyone other than yesterday’s Michelle Malone. I know now that if I had tried to write about the things that other leaders were writing about, it wouldn’t have been natural for me, and I would’ve come across as a fraud, and I don’t ever want to do that.

I just want to make a difference in the lives of others by being a servant leader. If I can be a little kinder, a little gentler, a little more patient today than I was yesterday, I’m on the right track.  If I can help you, I will. If you need a mentor, and you think I can assist you in some way, I will. My time is the most valuable thing that I have, and it’s yours if you need it because no one should have to navigate this world alone. That has always been my belief.

One morning as I was reading my online amplified bible, Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 came up as the verse of the day. At that moment I decided that Two Are Better Than One would be the title of the devotional I had been tinkering with for a few months. A few weeks later, I met with my friend and mentee Charlene to discuss her projects. I love these divine appointments because we both leave this holy huddle a little different than we did when we arrived. After that morning appointment at Panera on Halloween,  I took a giant leap of faith on November 1, 2015, and I launched Two Are Better Than One — a blog that highlights the power of partnerships.

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Since that day, I have only written what the spirit places on my heart. I know what I have to say won’t resonate with everyone, but I do know that these messages will reach those who need to see them. The evidence is astounding! When I look at my statistics each day and take note of the places my blog has gone, I immediately stop to praise God. There’s no way that I could’ve reached so many people in these distant places (as well as the U.S.) without my partnership with the divine author whose name is known all over the world.

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This is just a snapshot of some of the countries that the articles Good Grief! and What Happens When You Leave the Huddle? were able to reach with the click of a button. Over 100 readers in the United States read these articles that day as well. This proves that an ordinary gal like me can make a difference in the lives of others just by being obedient to my calling to serve first and then lead. There’s nothing more rewarding that knowing that I get to play a small part in drawing people to Christ. Whatever it is that you’re doing to make this world a better place, do it with passion! I’m passionate about my small beginnings because I know the Lord rejoices to see the work begin (Zechariah 4:10).

 

 

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I started this blog as a means of chronicling my journey of Servant Leadership, but I believe that it has taken on a deeper purpose. As visitors read about my every day experiences as seen through a spiritual lens, I know that they’ll take the meat of my messages — the scriptures — and nourish themselves. I’m sure they’ll remember the stories and get to know me as a result, but the anecdotes are merely the vessels that store the meat. My hope is that you find encouragement here, and when you do, please share it with me. Encouragers need encouragement too.

24 thoughts on “Why I Blog

  1. Wow Michelle! To see all these people across the globe reading your blog is heartwarming and makes me smile big so I know Daddy is proud! I am so glad that I have a mentor that leads by example. You inspire me in so many ways and I thank God for your obedience. Continue writing and sowing into God’s Kingdom. You are planting seeds that will bring forth such beautiful fruit for years to come and may it ultimately produce a harvest of souls for His Kingdom!

    Charlene A. Jean-Pierre http://www.lifecoachcharlene.com http://www.thepotterspearls.org

    “Christ is not valued at ALL unless He is valued ABOVE ALL.” ~Augustine Sent from my iPhone

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  2. You are doing it from the heart, that’s what makes your blog special. And as you said, your words will always reach to the ones who need to read them. Good luck for the future and do what you love most!:)

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  3. Hi Michelle,

    @ “I don’t typically compete with anyone other than yesterday’s Michelle Malone.” made me smile and inspired me. It is much wiser to focus on improving myself using my own self as the yardstick, rather than making comparisons with others that could escalate into covetousness.

    I absolutely agree with you, it’s best to write about what we genuinely feel passionate about. I love how blogging gives me both a creative outlet and a chance to build virtual friendships with people. It breaks geographical boundaries as we relate and learn from each other. 🙂

    Thank you for sharing this.

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  4. Glory To God Michelle!!! That’s exactly what this platform is about for believers! We are all ministers of the Gospel and its a amazing how far our inspirations from him will travel!! I’m shouting over here for sure!!!!!

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