Why I Haven’t Written Much Lately

Hi, friends. Thanks for hanging around through the long silences on this blog. I haven’t had any sort of relapse. It’s that I haven’t had anything to write about. Things are going well in the congregation and in my life.

My wife is due with our third child in the summer. She had an awful first trimester…the worst yet. Our daughter is having some temper issues and acts out on our son. We are still working through that problem. Our son continues to light up our lives, as does our daughter. You couldn’t ask for two more awesome people. I’m biased, can’t you tell?

As for me, I have good days and bad days. Most days I want to do nothing. Perhaps it’s seasonal. One can only stand so many days of slate-gray skies and cold weather. Thank God spring is around the corner. When I am productive it seems as if I am not so productive. But that’s the deal. I look for results but most of it happens not with paperwork, but with preparation for preaching and teaching.

There’s an old saying: Prior Preparation Prevents Poor Performance. I’ve found out this is true. Previously I was a “wing it” sort of guy. Bible study tonight? No problem. I’ll wing it. I’ll think of some cool things to say on the spur of the moment and make it look like I’ve been working hard when I’m hardly working. One can only get away with that for so long.

I’ve been spending extra time studying God’s Word and select commentaries. I do crack the Greek when I’m up for it. I read somewhere that a pastor after five or so years in the ministry should spend a little less time on sermon preparation and a little more time on other things, like Bible studies, personal study subjects, etc. I find myself doing just that as 2010 continues. Last week I spent quite a bit of time studying a chapter of one of Paul’s epistles preparing for Bible study. When “show time” came I didn’t have the urge to “wing it” and work without a net. I came prepared. Now it’s my goal to come over-prepared!

There’s so much more I could be doing, but I don’t have the energy to do it. The drive is there, but following through is still a problem. As long as I pray, study a bit, and do what I can do as God gives me light, then I have accomplished much. There’s no overflowing out box, but there is the knowledge that I was about my Master’s business. As long as we live in this sin-sick world there is always room for improvement. That’s what tomorrow is for, right?

I’m reading some great 20th century fiction too. The book I’m reading now is about a guy who has mental illness. I won’t tell you more for fear of “blowing my cover”, but rest assured the book is an adventure. It’s the opposite of the last book I finished which was a very funny book that I hope to re-read every year. Hard laughing is good for the body and the soul.

What was supposed to be a short update turned into a long update. Regardless, thanks for hanging with me through the quiet moments these last few months. Times are good and should get better now that warm weather is approaching. In the meantime, I hope you are following my friend Todd Peperkorn‘s daily podcast. There’s some good Gospel gems in his short messages. As the Missouri Synod once said, “With Christ, there’s plenty of hope to go around”.

I’ll write soon. I promise.

– KT


One Response to “Why I Haven’t Written Much Lately”

  1. Always good to see you writing, buddy. Be at peace.

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