A New Exercise

As with every Lent, I try to do something that will hopefully deepen my relationship with God, and almost every time, I somehow fall off the wagon a few weeks in. I think, perhaps, it was because I was setting my bar a little too high.

This year, I’ll be trying something different. I’m doing a devotional based on the works of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and in that are some scriptures. Based on those scriptures, I will attempt to write some poetry every day on this blog. If I fail, I fail. But I will try.

Why poetry? Well, simply, because I figure if I try 40 times, I’ll get at least one of them to be good. I’m not the best poet. In fact, most of this will probably be bad. But this is going to be a much more personal exercise, even though I’m publishing it online. It will be an exercise for spiritual growth, but also personal growth. I have to push myself sometimes to be creative, but it’s when I am creative that I am most in tune with God.

So bear with me. This will probably be a bumpy ride. I’m already a day late, but yesterday was Ash Wednesday and I’m a pastor. So nyah. I’ll start today. Who knows, some of it might be good. Thanks for bearing with me on this exercise.

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About grantimusmax

Grant Barnes, aka Grantimus Maximus, aka The Nerdcore Theologian. He is a graduate of Perkins School of Theology with a Masters Degree in Divinity. He is also a commissioned elder in the United Methodist Church, and Senior Pastor at Hemphill First United Methodist Church and Pineland United Methodist Church. He graduated from Texas State University Cum Laude with a Bachelor's degree in English, minor in History. He watches way too many movies, reads too many books, listens to too much music, and plays too many video games to ever join the mundane reality people claim is the "Real World." He rejects your reality, and replaces it with a vision of what could be, a better one, shaped by his love for God.
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