In recent weeks, after being inspired by the brilliant bloggers that surround me, I found myself often thinking, “If I had a blog, I’d write a post about ___!” And ___ would inevitably be whatever soapbox I was on in that moment. I had great reasons for not starting a blog. Everyone has a blog. I’d be 6-8 years late to the blogging party. Blogs are dying by the droves as of late. Lots of people start blogs with great gusto only to abandon them & their audiences 3 months into the journey. Spare time is M.I.A. for T. Rouse in this particular season of life. Yet none of these reasons (read: excuses) were sufficient in refuting the nagging urge to speak to anyone who wants to listen to what little I know and how much I’m learning about ministry, leadership, family, friendship, and whatever other randomness enters my life on any given day!
So, here’s the deal:
I am the Executive Pastor at Renovatus: a church for people under renovation, as we like to say. One of my primary responsibilities at the church is leading our staff. As such, I am often times a sounding board for them and at least daily a head will pop in my office and say, “Do you have any thoughts on blahblahblah?” to which I almost always reply with great enthusiasm, “I have thoughts about everything! All of the time!” Thus, blogging seems like a good outlet for some of these thoughts.
And while I don’t presume my life to be that “different” than most, I am a working mom in full-time ministry. I am married to an actor & producer who also is the best stay-at-home dad you’ll ever meet. So, I think it’s fair to say that our family dynamic is a bit nontraditional. And by nontraditional, I mean amazing. Marriage and parenting, no matter what the dynamic, are always thought-provoking, amen?!
I get to live and work and play with some of the most beautiful people on the planet, all of whom teach me a lot about what it means to be human.
And in all my spare time (time that will be intentionally carved out and created- not randomly found or stumbled into) I will choose to spend some of it sharing my story and never-ending thoughts with you!