Nothing could be more cliché than a blog writer posting about his lack of posting. But hey, clichés exist for a reason.
This blog has been languishing for months under a paucity of new content. (I chose the word “paucity” to make this worth your time). Why? Here are a number of reasons:
- I’ve been in a season of leadership in which I’ve needed to focus the best of my time and energy in other directions. I dislike these seasons, because writing is an important creative outlet for me. But the fact remains that such seasons are a reality of leadership. Any writer who tells you otherwise is probably a true writer, not a leader/pastor/husband/father who moonlights as a writer in his spare time.
- Much of this year has been devoted to getting The Gospel-Centered Community ready for publication (about which see #1). I’ve needed to put my best writing time toward edits and tweaks and pre-press revisions. To say it another way: the business of writing has taken priority over the pleasure of writing. Which is why musicians who make it big eventually record bootleg albums on the side.
- My mom always told me, “If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.” Which hasn’t left a lot to say at times.
- Most importantly: the Lord Jesus Christ has been doing a good work of sanctification in my soul recently, which is more enjoyable to enjoy than to write about. It’s been a joyful season of peace and growth for Leigh and me, and I just haven’t had the itch to write much. As the Spirit awakens the desire… I’m excited to write more.