Okay, to all the faithful readers of this blog out there, you don’t have to say it; I already know that it’s been a long damn time since I last posted. In fact, February 22nd was the last time we offered some Critical cleric musings which means I have been MIA for over a month now. Lord, how time flies! Anyhow, I hope this post finds you well and in good spirits. I myself have been making out fairly well; as my grandmother used to say. I’ve just been busy as heaven the first part of this year. Between preparing and mailing applications for Advanced Studies programs, preparing and delivering sermons and talks, leading an academic honor society, being teacher’s assistant for a graduate level bible course, taking my own 15 credit hour load of courses (so that I can graduate, CAN I GET A WITNESS), and not to mention being a full-time boyfriend, I’ve scarcely been able to find time to consistently do much else.
However, I do have good news to report. After months of preparation and good fortune I’ve been accepted to the Advanced Studies programs at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology and Columbia Theological Seminary. I consider this a personal victory seeing as how my undergraduate degree is from a little known classical Pentecostal/Charismatic Bible College in downtown Atlanta and these are highly competitive programs. Whatever the case, after completing a Master of Divinity degree from the Interdenominational Theological Center this spring 09’ I will mosey on over in the fall to Emory to work on a one-year Master of Theology degree in the area of Theology and Ethics which I will hopefully complete Spring 2010. I consider this to be a big step forward on my journey toward my primary academic goal which is receiving a PhD in my field of study.
I felt the need to share this news with you for two reasons. One, because I wanted to inform you all of what the he** I’ve been doing these last few months and two, to encourage someone by being an example that hard work, frugality, and delayed gratification can indeed pay off. Oftentimes in our microwave, drive thru society we tend to want things expeditiously and with little hard work and preparation. However, in my experience the things that come to us quickly and without any struggle are not the things that we with the passing of time cherish the most. Rather, it is those things that we had to progressively work toward or dare I say fight for that hold the nearest and dearest places in our heart. So with this I say to all to whom it applies, in the words of Denzel Washington “in life we do what we have to do, so we can do what we want to do.” In truth, I still have a lot to do on my journey before I can do what I want to do but even still, this day, I am more confident than ever that if we resolve in our mind to never quit and keep faith, there is no mountain we can’t conquer on the way! Still the next time…
Compassionately and critically yours,
B. Michael Honor