Monday, July 11, 2005

I'm humbled

Well, I've finally missed days of blogging without prior notice, and the world has not been lessened by my absence. My family spent the end of last week moving into a new house, and we don't have web access for the time being. For months I've been a secret snob for my discipline in posting every day, or for giving prior notice on precisely how long I would be offline. This time I dropped the ball without a word, and my readers didn't come frantically looking for me. I'll admit that it's been a good lesson for deflating my pride and self-importance.


Blogger Debra said...

Milton... I know exactly what you mean. One of the best things that ever happened to my husband and me was when we left our first church here in town. We thought we'd had such an important part there--thought we had all sorts of real friends and vital ministry there. Yet, it barely caused a blip when we left... and we definitely discovered who our real friends were. But like I said, that was one of the best things *ever* for us because it has reminded us that we are to find our greatest joy in loving and obeying God--that it's only what is truly done for Him and through Him which will last. Believe me, life has become simpler since then and a whole lot happier since we now aim only for pleasing Him and hearing His 'well done'! God bless... Debra

1:59 PM, July 11, 2005  
Blogger Gaddabout said...

Milton, I thought I was just demonstrating my patience by not bugging a good poster who was taking some needed time off. I had no idea it was a test of my devotion to your blog. ;)

2:06 PM, July 11, 2005  
Blogger Dan Edelen said...

I read via Bloglines, so it keeps track of what's new for me.

Still, I wondered where you went when your "freshness" level started dropping in Bloglines.

So yeah, some people did notice.

4:16 PM, July 11, 2005  
Blogger Brian Colmery said...

Milton! It's good to see you posting again. I was going to email you when I saw you dropped off the blogosphere, but I figured it would be much more meaningful to grab an overnight bag and hop in the trusty toyota to make my way to Virginia and check on you personally. It's a good thing my compulsive email-checking pulled me over in this Tennessee internet cafe...:-)

Okay, okay, not really (honestly, what takes a man out of southern California in July?). But I did notice. You're like caffeine, man, you perk people up and when you dissapear from the daily routine the world isn't nearly as friendly a place. Good to have you back, and if you leave again, let me know, so I can wean myself slowly...

8:10 PM, July 11, 2005  
Blogger John said...

I checked in every day
But sad to say, Milton was away!

Glad you are back and good to know everythings OK! :)


1:26 AM, July 12, 2005  
Anonymous Keith said...

I missed you too, Milton. Glad all is well. But you are right - we are easily deceived by our pride to think we are more than we are. God help us, we do need a good humbling now and again!

3:24 AM, July 12, 2005  
Blogger Milton Stanley said...

Thanks for sharing your own experiences, Debra!

12:08 PM, July 12, 2005  
Blogger Milton Stanley said...

Ha! Not a test of devotion, Matt,as much as a reminder to me that I'm as human as the next guy, and that life outside the blogosophere sometimes takes precedence. Peace.

12:08 PM, July 12, 2005  
Blogger Milton Stanley said...

Thanks, Dan. I'm not familiar with bloglines, but it sounds like a useful thing. When I get more substantial access I may look into it.

12:09 PM, July 12, 2005  
Blogger Milton Stanley said...

Thanks for your encouragement, Brian, and if you're ever in this part of Virginia, we've got a guest room for you. Peace.

12:10 PM, July 12, 2005  
Blogger Milton Stanley said...

Thanks for your continuing encouragement, John. GBYAY.

12:10 PM, July 12, 2005  
Blogger Milton Stanley said...

Thanks, Keith.

12:11 PM, July 12, 2005  

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