• Miles Lawson

Blography Tag

One evening when I was fifteen, my Church held a special fellowship evening. As an ice-breaker, we each had to write a seven-word autobiography. Sounds easy, right? What’s more, those words had to form a complete sentence. As everyone began to share their simple and powerful sentences, I shifted in my seat. My turn finally came and I said, “My life has not really begun yet.” The room exploded with laughter. If nothing else it was memorable, since I still haven’t managed to live it down.

I've heard of this being used as an exercise in writing retreats. So, I am now excited to uncover a brand-new tag (I hope): Blography. There are seven rules.

  1. Link back to the original site.

  2. Mention the one who tagged you.

  3. Write an autobiography in seven words.

  4. For this, they do not need to form a complete sentence.

  5. To make it more interesting, answer seven seven-word questions.

  6. Tag seven other bloggers.

  7. Think of seven seven-word questions, or use the same ones as you answered.

Let me begin with my autobiography: Jack of three trades, still mastering them.

Here are my questions (and answers):

Starting simple, what's your happiest childhood memory?

That is actually quite tough. I think it might be the 3m-high stilt house we built in the backyard. We spent countless hours not only in, but under it. It became our neighbourhood - Apple Grove, we called it. There was even a postbox where Mom and Dad sometimes posted letters, until a bird built its nest there. Then we watched as eggs appeared, hatched, and the chicks grew. Carefree days!

Which age would you choose to revisit?

I have no "favourite" age; each builds on the last. But if I had to decide, I would say 18 was a special year.

How would you have your biography end?

...and so he slipped away from the presence of his dear, grateful family. He faced death with the same courage and vigour he wore in life. The last song he whispered through his cracked lips would echo on forever: ...to be with Christ is better far!

What would you name the current chapter?

Out of the Frying Pan, and Still There's Grace

Who would you write a biography about?

J.S. Bach. There's so much I want to learn about him.

What are seven of your favourite (auto)biographies?

King of the Cannibals: the Story of John Paton, by Jim Cromarty

The Story of a Bad Boy, by Thomas Baily Aldrich

God's Smuggler, by Brother Andrew

Eric Liddell, by Catherine Swift

George Müller, by Frederick G. Warne

The Wright Brothers, by Charles Ludwig

Adoniram Judson: Bound for Burma, by Janet and Geoff Benge

How have those biographies affected your life?

Growing up, I used to save up and buy missionary biographies as often as I could. The Christian Heroes, Then and Now series was my favourite. I built up a collection, and these drove me on towards something that is still on my heart: to share the gospel where Christ is not named (Romans 15:20).


And now I would like to tag, in no particular order:

See you again soon, if the Lord is willing,

Miles Lawson

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