I am probably the clumsiest person on earth! To think of a basketball game and me playing any position that would help a team win a position in their division would be nothing short of a miracle! To think that I could win a position in the division all by my lonesome would be even more incredible. But to be pitted against multiple teams and individuals such as Larry Bird, Michael Jordan, or the entire Kentucky Wildcats basketball team would be a truly unbelievable fairytale.
And that is exactly how I felt when Tony Kummer from SBC Voices placed me in his BLOG MADNESS TOURNAMENT for Southern Baptist Bloggers. I was so honored to find my name (albeit, misspelled both ways as SelvahV and Harriette Peterson) amongst such esteemed company in blogland. I've never seen myself as much of a writer of influence. I've just prayed about what I write and hoped it honored God as I felt led to use scripture, theology as a lay-woman understands it, and personal experiences which exemplified God's Sovereign Hand in my life of nearly 60 years.
Although I have a few commenters on my little blogs, and though the amount of page views is considered by some to be substantial, I really have no earthly idea who is reading me other than the few folks who take a minute to leave a comment and engage me with their validation and kindnesses by email. I parcel out my writing between my personal blogs listed here in my sidebar and by contributing to SBC Impact and their DailyIMPACT devotional site. My daily devotional writing is my favorite place to use the gifts God has bestowed upon me because they not only give me an opportunity to encourage, comfort and console others, but the study I get when I read God's Word is so grips and edifies me. Most of my writing expresses how God is dealing with me personally or with friends of mine who I never name unless in a Call To Prayer.
I am truly tickled pink and blown away to have made it to the Sweet Sixteen of Tony's little game. The feeling is somewhat akin to how a little high-school freshman from the wrong side of the tracks felt when she won a place on the varsity cheer-leading squad. I got to go to all the football games after that for free and even got to ride to the away games and listen to Emmylou Harris sing her songs on the pep bus rides to neighboring counties. Emmylou Harris was also a cheerleader and I've always joked that she was my only claim to fame. She even signed my yearbook. And as exciting as that may have been to someone like me, I find this little Blog Madness game as an equal. Yeah, silly, huh?
I know I have absolutely no chance of surpassing Wade Burleson or Ed Stetzer in the Division I've been privileged to find myself. But to have made it to the top sixteen is rather neat. I thank all of you who found in my writing something that you considered worthy enough to vote for. I know my husband voted for me and of course he thinks I'm rather special. As the tournament rolls forward and folks cast votes, I will count it an extreme honor just to have had the support I have had thus far. I have no illusions about a final four. OTHER than possibly finding myself with the SBC IMPACT blog team that allows me the privilege of contributing two or three times a month to their site. They are in the top of their division standings. So I can crow a bit about them and ride on their coattails I suppose.
They and I are in separate divisions, so that is exciting too. And some of my fellow contributors found their way into the Sweet Sixteen also. I'm so glad to know we are bringing you a measure of writing you find helpful and which stirs you on toward love and good works. That is our goal and definitely mine. Grace be upon you as you seek the Truth in all you read and all you receive in your walk as a Southern Baptist or another denominational Christian. Should you want to vote (you don't have to be SBC) or simply watch the game, just pop on over to Tony Kummer's SBCVoices and see the nearly 300 Southern Baptist bloggers he has created a handy directory for perusing. selahV
[copyrighted, SelahV Today, 2008]