To Win the Prize

Blogging. Something I thought I’d never do. One, I’ve never thought I have enough to say to the world at large (i.e. anyone who follows my posts). Two, I’m not the deep thinking, introspective type. I likely won’t have much wisdom to impart – maybe only a nugget here and there. Well, here I am. Blogging.

Let me give you some background on the name of my blogging site – ipressontowintheprize. I’m a late adopter when it comes to technology, and that includes social media. I was a few years after my friends stepping into the Facebook arena. Twitter, why on earth would I do that? Who has the time? I already experience information overload as it is. (I did start up with Instagram because I like pictures. But, I’m definitely not an active user.)

Less than a year ago, the marketing department where I work started getting more involved in the social media scene. Employees were asked to take part in being “social.” Well, ok. I posted a few things here and there on Facebook. That was my small contribution.

Then, our company added a new Twitter handle. This one was meant to get us more involved in the Twitter community of software developers. So, there was this employee contest to post a picture to Twitter using a targeted hashtag. The selected tweeter would get a free vacation day. Argh! Dang. Time to get a Twitter account.

I am horrible at coming up with clever user IDs. Other people have cool, fun, or cute ones. Mine tends to be some derivative of my name. Boring! So, I thought about it for a while. I decided to use something from my selected life verse.

“Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:13-14”

to win the prizeAfter trying several phrases, @towintheprize was available. Yay! I finally had a more interesting user name. Armed with my new Twitter handle, my coworker friend and I worked together and posted a tweet with a photo of us working by the pool. We hoped to both get that free day off!

Well, a different coworker in charge of tracking the submissions laughed, loving my handle. She thought I chose it because I wanted “to win the prize” of the free vacation day. Ha! I’m more clever than I thought. I picked a handle with a double meaning and didn’t even know it. I didn’t win the vacation day.

That brings me to this blog. I decided to start a blog chronicling what God is doing in my life. He’s been doing quite a bit lately. Maybe my stories, comments, etc. will encourage or inspire someone, even if it’s only in a small way.  I wanted to name by blog site the same as my Twitter handle. That didn’t work out. towintheprize was already taken. After trying several iterations, I got something close. ipressontowintheprize. In fact, it’s even better because it includes an action – I press on. This is what I intend to do – through the good and bad, the hard and easy, the fun and not-so-fun. With God’s leading, do things that are “way beyond me,” to steal the lyrics from Toby Mac’s latest tune.

Press on.

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