Monday, April 13, 2009

What am I doing?

I'm not really a sermon guy. When I go to church I usually politely listen and think about what the preacher is saying, but it's not how I absorb things. I'd rather read a book, talk with someone one-on-one, or learn from experience. Sometimes I'm really inspired by sermons but when I think back months later, it really didn't create any change in how I do things. I've probably heard around 1,500 or 2,000 sermons in my life and I remember about 10 of them. So like I said, sermons aren't my thing, but I politely listen to them... until sometime around January. That's when I started getting annoyed by sermons. The downside of being involved in the service is you hear the same sermon two to four times in a weekend. Plus another one for some sort of mid-week gig, plus one or two more for my own church Sunday night. I started to almost resent that I had to sit through sermons - so I knew it was time to take a break and figure out what's wrong.

I finished off all my committed dates and told each of the churches I was taking a break - a sort of sabbatical - until late summer or fall. I'm still going to my own church and playing there once a month, but I'm not playing anywhere else or going to any other churches. It will be a nice break!

With that said, I might not be writing too much over the next few months either. I'm playing guitar less (still maintaining!) but working on my rhythm with some drumming stuff and spending a lot of time training for a couple triathlons this summer. I know I'll never stop making music but I'm going to enjoy spending some time doing other things for a bit.

I'll be back and I'll keep reading your blogs in the mean time! Thanks for the nice words from those of you wondering what happened to me :)

//mike