Monday, June 19, 2017
I want to thank each one of you that took the time to email me with your kind words of encouragement and support after my announcement last week. My three life priorities are God, family, and ministry, in that order. The third one is the tricky one for me because within that bracket, I also have to properly prioritize sermon and study preparation, visitation, and church business. I consider writing, an extension of my ministerial calling but lately, because I love to do it, I had been committing more time to that than the previous three. I will continue to write as often as time allows it but because I also need to be more physically active, it may be far less than before, or maybe not that much, we’ll see. Nevertheless, I plan to keep on writing because, as the prophet Jeremiah said many centuries ago: “His word is in my heart like a fire, a fire shut up in my bones. I am weary of holding it in; indeed, I cannot.” (Jer. 20:9) As a confirmation to me to keep on going, I saw an old-timer like me last Friday with a T-shirt which said: “Retired, not expired!” Once again thank you all.
PS: If any of you feel some of these blogs are worthy of publication, by all means go for it. You have my permission.