I can’t tell you why I’ve felt compelled to begin this blog (I mean, don’t I have enough to do?). But I have. Maybe it’s because I believe that the internet is like the central nervous system for the whole planet, and I am trying to live in a way that at least gives the illusion of connectedness… So, I’m connecting.
As a minister, there were some important decisions I had to make about this mode of connection—mostly deciding what I didn’t want to happen. I didn’t want to assume the mantle of “enlightened leader” and expound on spiritual topics in some pseudo-academic fashion. I also didn’t want to be an ambassador for my church and use the forum as a way to advertise upcoming events and plug my special interest causes. So, a little clear about what I didn’t want, what did I want?
Well, three things jumped out for me: honestly, integrity and authenticity. Like all people, I just want to be real and known for who I am.
I get it that people tend to put ministers on a pedestal—a very dangerous and lonely place to be—and this might be a disillusionment for them. I’m sorry; I really am. But I really don’t belong up there, so let’s just try and be comfortable with me down here, with you, on the virtual patio.
So what’s this about? I guess it’s about a man who is passionate about his life calling, who loves what he does, is deemed successful and yet still has to deal with the everyday challenges of existence. I suppose this blog is for those who might be interested in seeing how I cope with life–for those who might want to feel somehow “closer” to me. I truly honor that. Ultimately, I guess that’s why I’m setting aside time every day to make this electronic “share.” Deep down, I want to be closer to you, too.