Friday, October 10, 2008

Some things are Just More Important

I'm currently sitting at my kitchen table, listening to my wife talk to her mother, with the faint sound of my three-year-old in the distance, playing with his grandfather. And as I sit here about to write something I've honestly thought of writing for some time now, God is confirming in my heart that what I'm about to write is probably long past-due.

It's time to take a break--a long, long break--from the blogosphere.

Honestly, I've thoroughly enjoyed being able to express my thoughts through this site for over three years. But recently, several things are coalescing in my life that confirm to me that it is time to stop blogging.

1. My Family. I have a wife and two boys that I don't deserve, and spending time here is, I am convinced, time that I've taken away from them. Next year will also be a year for limiting travel, because I have become convinced over the past few months that if I don't make these adjustments, I'm going to miss the most crucial years of my son's lives.

2. My Association. While its been great to hear from many locals in my own area, in the end, I'm not sure my writing here has done very much to help the 53 churches I am privileged to serve. Since they are my primary callling, as well as my primary means of making a living, I owe them some of the time I've spent here.

3. My Life. It just seems as though life has sped up in an almost uncontrollable way the past two years. Over the next couple of months, I'l be adding some additional study/professional development to my agenda as well as another writing project that I anticipate being ready by 2010.

With all this in view, some things simply had to go. Actually, a few things had to go, this being one of them.

The site will remain open. It just won't be very active. It's been great to meet so many wonderful people through this venue. But frankly, some things are simply more important right now. There are plenty of others out there more eloquent than I who will continue to keep the blogosphere busy, and occassionally, I'll check them out and keep myself informed. To those who have read my stuff, its an honor that you considered my words worthy of your time. God willing, as I establish some new life boundaries and "re-set" my priorities according to my gifts, He will continue to encourage and equip others through my work. There is no higher honor than this.

Thanks again for reading!


Anonymous said...

You were worth reading Joel. I learned a lot more about the organizations and theology. I am the better for it. I do understand, having grown children now, it seems like just yesterday they were the age of my grandchildren. That was in the days before the popularity of the internet. :)

I will miss your entries, but wish you the best. I am grateful God has placed men like you in the SBC.

Earl said...

Maybe you could use this blog to post links to things you found valuable? Enjoy the break.

Anonymous said...

God Bless you Joel Rainey, you have made a wise decision it is hard to raise children and the time does not come back and regret will be great. Balance between the two can be had but it takes work and you will find it.

Joel Rainey Ft. Worth