I was looking through this blog today. I know it’s a bit narcissistic since I write it, but it was more like a trip down memory lane. Every once and while something will pop up in the most unexpected place linking back to an article from this site that I wrote years ago. As I reread those article, I begin to reminisce about the “glory days” of Dad in the Middle. There was a time when I was publishing six to seven posts a week here on the site – articles about children’s ministry and being a dad and things I was learning about God. I have made life long friendships through this blog and other online activity. I’ve launched, and shut down, a collaborative blog which fed a need for a short time and has sparked relationships that I rely on weekly (if not daily) for advice and encouragement. The audience that started here at Dad in the Middle has afforded me the opportunity to follow God’s call into a whole new area of ministry – ministering to children of divorce. These days Divorce Ministry 4 Kids and I Am A Child of Divorce take up the bulk of my writing time as that is where God has led me.
As I scanned through Dad in the Middle this morning, I realized that new visitors would be more likely to think this is a site about Biblical Prophecy than family life and children’s ministry – the result of a series I wrote years ago whose final installment (#116) will be published next Monday. That article will represent the 915th article published on this site. And, I realized something about myself. I miss this site. I miss sharing what I am learning about God, about being a Dad about teaching kids about God. I miss the community and interaction that grew out of it. But, things have changed too. I don’t have the time I had when I first started Dad in the Middle in Summer of 2008. In fact, the pace I had myself on eventually led to burn out and an intentionally scaled back scheduled when it comes to blogging and online activity. So, I can’t go back there. That wasn’t a healthy place. So, wherein do I find the balance.
Here’s the plan! Dad in the Middle will be back, and it will be back as I had originally intended it. I will talk about the things that are most important to me. Some of those may be of interest to other people – some will not, and that’s ok. I will not, by the grace of God, allow it to become a chore again where I strive to meet some sort of posting schedule or perceived need. That is a recipe for disaster. And, I will not let it interfere with what I believe to be the ministry given to me by God – to minister to children of divorce and their families. Instead, I intend to take Dad in the Middle back to it’s roots – a place for me to write about the things that are most important to me – God, my family and ministry. That might mean one post a week, or it might mean one post per month. I leave all of that up to God.