My grandfather passed a couple of years ago, and in honor of him I wear Hawaiian shirts on Fridays (Aloha!), and I am going to try to dedicate 1 post a year to celebrate “Apo.” This post doesn’t count, because I wanted to bring him up to explain why I do what I do here on this little space of the intarwebbernets.
Why the sudden need to feel I have to justify What I’m Sayin‘?
Well, blame it on an old friend who asked:
Do you want to humble yourself and be part of a blogging community, or do you want to simply be the center of attention in your own universe?
I started to comment, but felt it starting to get a bit long so I decided to post it here instead.
I can answer yes to both of these pieces to the question:
- I love this blogging community, without comments, tweets of posts, or retweets it would seriously be numbingly stupid to blog.
- Sure, I know I can be narcissistic (I have my big ‘ole face on the right!) and who doesn’t want to be the center of attention?
For that 2nd part, let me clarify. I love being the center of attention, when the focus is not on me but what I might be saying, and hopefully what I’m saying is provoking your thoughts to seek Him.
A larger part of me answers this question outside of what my friend is asking here, and this is where I bring in “Apo.” When he passed away, my father told me he found Apo’s bible with notes scattered all about. This bible is ancient, I don’t even know how old it is but since he lived to be 96…ish, I wouldn’t be surprised if the bible was older than my father.
What I imagined as my father read through these notes, is that he got to know his father on such a different level other than just “father.” He learned about my grandfather as he learned his most important life lessons in adulthood. He got to see Apo first-hand getting those “Aha!” moments when reading certain verses, and then preaching about those moments. In turn my father got to tell his children, and grandchildren all about these notes for the many years prior to us ever even knowing him, or ever hearing him speak.
We never saw his notes for the sermons, and barely got to look at the notes in the bible which were almost impossible to read due to the wear and tear.
So this is one of the bigger reasons why I blog. I am so grateful for technology, that there is a way to have something documented for generations to read. I think it will be very important to be able to scribe my journey through these years to see and share how much I’ve grown and learned. More importantly, my hope is that my grandchildren can look back at these posts and get to learn a little bit about the triumphs and trials of their grandfather. Hopefully it may help them in their journey as well.
I know another Father who left little notes for us to learn about Him, actually a collection of many books. He definitely was the inspiration for this, but His story is much better than mine.