I’ve been getting some emails and messages about the blog lately. This is the longest I’ve gone without updating my blog in the since I started it quite a few years ago. I just want to assure everyone that I’m alive and kicking. I recently made the conscious decision not to shut down “Whirled Views” when I renewed my domain names, so the blog will be around in some form for the next couple of years, I guess.
I’m not one to “pretend” that I, nor any other Christian, lives a carefree life that’s always rainbows and buttercups. In all honesty, 2010 has been a rough year and a series of rough years. I had the worst employment experience in my life last year — something I’ll write about later when I have enough perspective to let me be rational and objective. As a result, we lost our house in South Florida — thankfully, we secured a short sale right before foreclosure hit, but we lost our entire lifetime of home equity in the process. We have relocated to what was to have been our “retirement home” in Lake Lure until we decide where the Lord would have us settle next. I have a pretty narrow range of employment fields I am considering after my more recent experiences and let’s face it, in this economy there just isn’t a lot available of any kind of jobs. I’m thankful for the adjunct professorship work I’ve been able to snag which has kept us afloat since January.
But I’m not losing my perspective either — I have a long-time friend who is fighting a debilitating disease at the age of 51 and he has 3 small children, our dear friend and my personal assistant for 17 years just finished chemo a few months ago after a serious cancer diagnosis, a sweet young lady and mother barely in her 30’s that used to call me Pastor is fighting off a recurrence of an aggressive form of cancer and a dozen more similar stories remind me that the consequences of man’s fall are no respecter of persons and it’s only God’s grace that can give us hope in any circumstance.
But in all honesty, I just haven’t felt like writing at length lately. The reasons are to some extent probably personal and to another extent just a phase. I’ve often joked that if I didn’t write, I’d simply explode — but for now, the muse seems to have taken a break and so better to be silent than write something that is nonsensical. If the mood does hit me to write or stir something up, I often throw an impolitic bomb on my status on Facebook and enjoy the brief tempest that such an action often causes.
So, for now, that’s the latest….we’re all doing fine. The two older kids are at Liberty University sharing an apartment and working their jobs and going to classes. The younger two are adjusting to a life where the nearest WalMart is 45 minutes away and we haven’t been able to find a church with a youth group within driving distance. They started homeschool today. We love the Blue Ridge Mountains and Western North Carolina and this is a wonderful time of the year.
If you know of anyone who needs someone to do some teacher training in a school or church setting, a missions speaker, a family or marriage conference speaker, etc… — give them my name as I’m doing quite a bit of that ministry these days. I have nearly a hundred popular workshops, speeches and sermons for those occasions and I’d love to share them with groups.
Keep checking in here and who knows….maybe inspiration will strike sooner rather than later!