Did I fail? Maybe, but I got back up.2 min readReading Time: 2 minutes
If you’ve been following me online for long, you’ll know that I’m notorious for starting and stopping projects. The same is true for my personal blog and podcast. It’s not that I suddenly run out of a desire to blog or host a podcast; I get sidetracked and move on to something else. When I want to restart, I feel like a failure for having not been consistent before in previous attempts. I decided to say, “so what?” and keep moving forward this time. Did I fail? Maybe, but I got back up, and now we’re moving.
Some think that when a person decides to write a blog or host a podcast, they believe that they are special and have something unique to say. Is that what I think? Not really. I can name several other people far more knowledgable about topics I love and folks that write better. Have I figured out the secret to life or leading well in whatever role you play right now? No. As I thought about why I’m entering my voice into an already crowded field, I’m reminded of the fact that God created me uniquely. While most of us have similar experiences, no one person as lived life the way that I have and continue to do. That alone gives each of us an individual perspective. I’d be remiss to say that keeping our unique voices and experiences to ourselves is terrible stewardship of the life God has given each of us.
What content will you see on this blog and the upcoming podcast? While I’ve never considered myself an expert, and have no desire to be famous, I do have some quality experience. I’m entering my 15th year of full-time ministry. I spent two years as a stateside missionary, ten years as a student pastor, almost three years as a communications director, and the past six months (and counting) as an Online Campus Pastor. I’ve also done freelance graphic design, branding, and consulting for twenty-one years. I’ve been preaching since 1997 and get a fantastic opportunity to teach to thousands regularly. I’m also a leadership coach with the organization, Order of Man. Why do I share all of this? Not because I think I’m special, but I want to be a good steward of all of that time and those experiences.
Everything I do, everything I experience, is filtered through the fact that I was born with a bicuspid aortic valve and developed stenosis. Five heart surgeries later, I’m still kicking, but the fact that I was never “supposed” to be here and I should have “died” a long time ago, is a gift of clear sight, not a tragedy.
What can you expect? Open, honest, and transparent communication about life, ministry, design, and being the best human I can. Let’s roll!