In addition to pastoring, in July, 2012 I began serving as the interim chaplain at Hargrave Military Academy here in Chatham. Very quickly I realized that this involved a lot more time, energy, and effort than I had thought when I accepted. Then, to further compound the time/preparation crunch, I began teaching 3 sections of Bible during the fall semester. Wow, does teaching take a lot of time or what? I now have new respect for anyone who teaches anything. Teaching in an academic setting is much more demanding, relentless, and time-consuming than leading workshops or seminars.
Add to pastoring, teaching, planning and conducting 2-3 chapel services each week my on-going DMin dissertation writing, and you get some idea of where I’ve been. Busy. Very, very busy.
Actually, none of that has changed — yet. But I do see light at the end of the tunnel. And, yes, I did this to myself by taking on too many projects at the same time. But, something had to go, so blogging was the first thing to get cut.
All of that to say, I’m trying to get my schedule and commitments to a more manageable level. I won’t bore you with the details, but I’m slowly unwinding, disengaging, and completing the things I too hastily agreed to do. By mid-January, I should be back to the normal busyness of a pastor’s schedule, I hope.
As Mark Twain once said, “The rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated”…or something like that. And as The Terminator said, “I’ll be back.” Sooner than later, I hope.
Grace and peace to you all.