My life is currently switching gears— and I find myself once again feeling that old familiar feeling to this AF brat. Yes, Amy and I are moving. But this time, we are moving away from a calling, a church that we have called our home and which has been our primary ministry focus for over the past two years. Truth be told, we had both hoped, and anticipated, that we would be here longer, but God has given us new mission orders: Live in Huntsville for an undisclosed amount of time (at least a year) to live with Amy’s grandmother.
You might expect me to say that it is difficult for me to see where and how such an ambiguous new direction will lead us, and how stressful the dreaded “unknown future” can be. But honestly, I don’t feel that way. The only difficult emotions that I feel, frankly, are the result of leaving people and a church that I have attempted to love with Christ-like love (I’ve had both successes and failures at this), and who have loved me back, and to leave a youth group that I feel like God has been calling to do something big. But regarding the move to Texas, I don’t feel uncertain in the slightest, and I don’t fear the unknown. Perhaps that’s a product of having moved so many times in my life—the knowledge that possibility and promise await us on the other side of this dramatic life-shift seems to obscure the fear and anxiety that the unknown inevitably brings.
Two aspects in particular about this move that I think will be critical will be 1) my own time spent committing to my personal spiritual and physical health, and 2) preparing for potential future PhD studies, or at the very least, for writing.
As I have contemplated the purpose of blogging (in general and for me personally), I have decided that I will use this blog space to assist in these two areas. Frankly, I don’t really want my personal blog to be a vanity exercise. And despite my feelings that New Media has allowed for the decentralization of information and a new economy of ideas in which I want to participate, well, I can use Twitter to post links, make comments, and to share broader ideas and conversations with a larger base of people… I don’t need my blog to do that. (This is me, of course. I’m not telling people what they should do with their blog. That’s their business.)
Instead, I want my blog to have a specific focus—where I can tackle a concentrated arena of topics (focusing on brevity and clarity—two areas where I could use some help), and start conversations with those who are interested in those things. I can still post links and make comments on other things, but all in the context of a focus…. Other than, whatever I feel like displaying or writing to the world.
So, what will the focus of this blog be, as I transition into this new season of life? Well, that will be the subject of my next post, but for now, note the new title and banner:
All of life is a song about God.
And that’s your teaser.