Why I love the month of May


I want to share a little something with you. This 'something' brought a smile to my face this morning around 6:00a.m...

I love the month of May.

March is my favorite month, well for selfish reasons—my birthday is in March. October and January are also special months to me—my daughters were born in these two months.

Now back to May... The month of May really fills my heart up with love, laughter, and joy. For years, May has been a busy time for me—being a youth pastor for about seventeen years, I was always going to high school graduation ceremonies and parties. I loved going to these things because of all the celebration, laughter, and food.

I even made some fun out of going to these special events by using the same red Solo cup for three years (I had each graduate, whose party I went to, sign it as a memento).

I really enjoyed my time as a youth pastor, and in many ways I miss it. In fact, we still keep in touch with many of the students, and still consider them as our kids (No. I will not pay for your college tuition. I'm still trying to figure out how to pay for my biological kids). 

But there is another reason for why I love the month of May—actually three reasons why...

1. May is my wife's birthday month and I am thankful she was born. She is the most important person to me on earth.

2. May is my wedding anniversary. There is no more important moment in my life than when we committed our lives to each other. (I would say the moment I became a follower of Jesus is the most important event in my life, but still my wife had a hand in that too—she introduced me to Jesus).

3. May is the month my son was born. (May 2014 is a special one for him. He turns eighteen years old and he graduates from high school)

Needless to say, I am usually out of money towards the end of this month, but it's always worth it!


Today is my Anniversary...

blogimage I did it! We've been together for seven years! Of course I'm not talking about my wedding anniversary...

I'm talking about my blogging anniversary.

Wordpress dutifully informed me this morning that today is my seven year anniversary of blogging at Wordpress—I actually start blogging two years before that on, but eventually moved over to the Wordpress blogging platform.

Why am I telling you all this, well because I can. Plus, blogging is has become part of who I am and what I do. While I don't pretend to be the best writer/blogger or even that interesting—blogging has become a way for me to grow as a person, husband, dad, and especially as a follower of Jesus—I've discovered many of my strengths and equally my weaknesses through blogging...

Here are seven things I have discovered and experienced in my nine years of blogging:

1. My creativity and knowledge have grown through blogging. My creativity has grown because when I blog; I am forced to think beyond my capabilities—I've had to think outside of the box on many occasions in regards to the topics that I write about. Additionally, blogging has forced me to research and dig deeper on the subjects I am blogging about.

2. I've discovered that I am an introvert more so than I'm an extrovert.

3. Blogging has taught me that I struggle with consistency (I don't always keep to my self-imposed blogging deadlines).

4. I am an out-loud thinker and processor. Which many of my readers have discovered—I agree with you that I don't always know what I'm talking about.

5. I have discovered my passions through blogging and I have discovered what I'm not passionate about.

6. In blogging, I have learned more times than not that I fear man more than I fear God... I don't always write what I want to say—out of fear people will judge me.

7. More importantly, blogging has helped me grow in Christ. I wrestle with the big issues and the small issues of faith in my writing, and the end result is that I have been stretched and my walk with Jesus has become more authentic—it's not always pretty and it is very much a messy spirituality.

These are the reasons why I blog and will keep blogging.