A Personal Word This Monday

Well, I’m glad to be back with you today. Sorry for my infrequent posts lately. I had planned to do more blogging in the days leading up to Easter Sunday, but things just didn’t work out. One day I got involved in a home landscaping project that got a lot more complicated than I had estimated. Another day the high-school dismissed early because of a transformer blowout, an event that started enough dominoes falling in my life to thoroughly mess up the day I had planned. Then Ryan had a j.v. baseball game on Good Friday (don’t ask me why). The following day, Saturday, not only did I have a funeral to conduct but Ryan had an away game. On and on I could go, but you get the idea.

I’ve been told by others that I have a talent for writing. Therefore, I feel a responsibility to use that talent for the Lord. It’s tough, though, when that responsibility runs headlong into my other responsibilities, that of husband, father, pastor, etc. For one thing, there aren’t enough hours in the day to get everything done I’d like to get done. For another, at the age of 45, my energy level isn’t what it used to be.

I once heard an interview in which the great sportswriter Frank Deford talked about his process for writing. He said that he did his writing when he first got up in the morning because that’s the only time he had the energy. I said to myself, “I’m glad it’s not just me.” The problem is that some mornings start out wide open and never let off the gas!

If all I had to do was write blog posts, I’d churn them out at a prolific rate. If all I had to do was prepare sermons, I’d have a stockpile of them waiting to be preached. If all I had to do was church visitation, I’d be preaching to more people every Sunday. If all I had to do was work in the yard, my place would be the nicest on the block. If all I had to do was run Ryan and Royce around to their various ballgames and practices, we’d be there early every time. If all I had to do was help Tonya with the household chores and grocery shopping, I’d be a professional Mr. Mom. But when you throw all the balls into the air at once and have to juggle, that’s when things get hectic.

Please understand that I’m not complaining. I lead a blessed life and I know it. Also understand that I’m not claiming that my life is any busier than yours. Many of us are skimming atop life’s turbulent waves in the same speed-boat these days, aren’t we? All I’m doing is offering an explanation as to why I don’t post more blogs. The tinge of responsibility is certainly there. For that matter, when I’m at my best, the desire is even there. But when it comes to the time and energy, ah, there’s the rub.

In conclusion, let me say that I sincerely thank you for your readership. Don’t ever think that I take it lightly. Please keep checking in periodically or, better yet, click on “Sign Me Up” in the top-right corner of this page and become a subscriber. But whether you are a subscriber, a first-time visitor, or somewhere in between, just know that I appreciate you giving me a read. You keep reading and I’ll keep writing, that is as this busy life allows. 🙂

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2 Responses to A Personal Word This Monday

  1. Mark says:

    And then there are those days when we are required to juggle porcupines

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