Message from Michael: Part 1
Though I would rather not do so, I need to talk a little bit about my life and this blog to clarify some things.
The most obvious change over the last year or so is that I’m not here as much as I used to be and I’ll address that first.
Like most of you, I’m too busy for my own good, so I have to prioritize what I do.
I work full time Tuesday through Saturday managing a retail outlet .
I am still privileged to teach a wonderful group of brethren every Sunday night and thus I have message preparation that needs to take place the week before.
I am a dad, helping to raise a very active, very complex ten year old boy.
I’ve made a lot of friends here over the years and I do some online and offline counseling as time allows.
I also take part in this blog and I am responsible for it…though I’m insanely thankful for those who come alongside to help.
That doesn’t leave much time for things like, well, sleeping.
The complication that has arisen over the last couple years is that I’m trying to do all this while wrestling with some health issues.
I have COPD…and I’m still recovering from the surgery in October where I lost part of my right lung.
The bottom line is that I don’t have the energy and resilience that I used to have and doing what I do takes more time and effort these days.
This work is the last on my priority list and I think you’d all agree that that would be the biblical priority.
That doesn’t mean I don’t love it and care deeply about it…it just means that I have to care for other things first.
I don’t have either the time, energy, or interest to constantly keep Christian adults from fighting with each other.
It also means that I need those who participate here to care for the content and community while myself and my co-workers are busy.
If we are to keep this going we need to learn to co-exist with people who we may have differences with…or even be offended by.
We need to understand that there is very little positive that comes from constant repetition of pet points and offenses and even less from constant picking at each other.
This has been a unique and valuable place on the internet for a long time now…and it’s my hope that we can continue to be both in the coming years.
I need your help to make it happen.
In a followup post I’ll talk a bit about content and how and why things have changed over the years.