I’m realizing that this blog has nothing to do with my expertise and much to do with what I want to remember ten years from now. This lesson comes courtesy of a blog bio I came across that describes the author as something like “a difference maker and a creative agent”, whereas I just know him as the guy who kept sniffing markers during our freshman year. He may be a genius. I’m just a guy. And no, I’m not saying that hoping that someone will go “no, Adam, you’re a difference maker and a creative agent!” because I too know the smell of markers.
Because I’m just a guy, I realize that I have very little to offer that makes what I write stand out from the same stuff that everyone else writes. I could start penning dazzling headlines like “The Top Ten Things Worship Leaders Should Implement”, with numbered lists and flowing prose from my own rich experience. But I’d rather tell you about the fact that the Christmas Tree we have this year smells like pine and is the best one we’ve ever had.
I want to be able to look back and see that on this day, December 19th, 2011, Zac was walking around and telling people he wants to “be one again” instead of turning three this week. I want to remember that Emily was facing the unique pressures of having to produce 4 family Christmas gatherings, complete with meals and gifts and hospitality and stuff. I want to remember that Lexi was particularly interactive and spunky, and keeps slapping Malachi, who takes it in stride and says “gentle, Lexi”, like a big/little brother should do. I want to remember that our friends stopped by and let our boys play AngryBirds on their iPhone while we talked about the best indie films on Netflix. These are far more valuable than my adolescent views on leadership, which are a dime a dozen; no one can write what I’m writing right now. They weren’t here.
There you have it: a RadBlog epiphany. By the way, Epiphany is January 6th, which means that Sunday, January 1 is Epiphany Sunday. It’s a great day to sing “We Three Kings”. There. I added to the pile of internet repetitions for Google to find and archive.
Life is good.