What’s in a name?

As I began thinking of writing a blog, I struggled for a while over what to call it, largely because I lacked any sort of focus or direction for content. But now that this blog is “real,” I’ve settled (for now) on a blog name.

“Prone to wander” and the tagline “…though seldom lost” are drawn in part from my favorite hymn and one of my favorite quotes.

“Prone to wander,
Lord, I feel it;
Prone to leave the God I love.
Here’s my heart, Lord,
Take and seal it.
Seal it for Thy courts above.”

This is part of a verse from the hymn “Come Thou Fount” by Robert Robinson. Written in the 18th century, it’s a song I first started appreciating during college. It’s a beautiful song about our relationship with God that recognizes our often fallible, wandering hearts–in spite of a Father who’s “streams of mercy” are “never ceasing.” It’s a sentiment that resonates with me, and one that will undoubtedly come up throughout this blog.

But it’s not just my heart that’s prone to wandering. It’s my feet, as well. I get restless when I don’t have a plane ticket in my name. I love the idea of travel and exploration and adventure. I love this idea of wandering.

As E. E. Cummings said, “Not all who wander are lost.”

Over the past several years, I’ve had the good fortune of “wandering” for fun and for work. While work travel isn’t always as glamorous as I once thought it would be, it’s given me the opportunity to see beautiful places and share beautiful experiences. I consider that a priceless benefit. I also have friends who live in various corners of the country, and since many of them are married with kids, it’s easier for me as a single guy to go see them. Having a free place to stay in Colorado or California or Dallas doesn’t hurt, either. This spate of travel has only deepened my desire to see as much of this world as I can.

So I finally settled on “Prone to wander” as my blog title, with the emphasis on traveling through life in it’s various forms, whether that’s actual adventures or simply new experiences. And I can assure you that this blessing of God redeeming our wandering hearts will surely be a theme along the way.

What about you? Are you “prone to wander”, either in faith or in flight? What’s the place you’re longing to see but haven’t made it to yet?

And so it begins…

So I started a blog.

I’ve toss around the idea of a blog for a while. I even tested it out a few years ago with several posts about politics, but I never fully committed to the idea of blogging. I still haven’t, actually, but in a recent flurry of “hustle” as some of us like to call it made me realize that I needed something somewhere as an outlet. I’m not sure this is really it, but for now, it will have to do.

There are two main points I’ve always tried to stick to as a communicator in my day job: know your audience and know your message. As a budding blog writer, I know neither of those things, which makes me rather reluctant to initiate this endeavor. Ultimately, I don’t know who I’m communicating to–I’m just putting content out for the taking. So I’m going to treat this like I would treat a conversation with good friends, because if you’re one of the few who will actually find this blog, there’s a high probability that we’re actually friends in real life. As for content, I intend to do the same: write about things that I would talk about with friends. That gives me a great deal of latitude, and I can promise you I’ll use it. Because for now, my thoughts are as random as Flavor Flav’s clothing choices and love interests.

Thanks for reading this far, and feel free to stick around or stop back from time to time. I can’t make any promises yet, but I have high hopes for this little corner of the interwebs. I may regret those aspirations at some point.