For the past week or so, I’ve been sharing some of the most personal posts I’ve ever written. Doing so comes at some risk. Criticism being chief among them.
Just yesterday, I received a series of text messages that were very critical of this series of posts. I was told that I was making a fool of myself, and that it was embarrassing all the detail I was posting. It should be noted that these messages were coming from a woman I dated very briefly more than four years ago. So it could be said she had some misguided agenda.
With that very insignificant exception, there have been so many positive comments and “likes” on Facebook and here on my blog site. Many are friends of mine, and many are friends of Sarah-Janes, most of whom I have not yet met.
No matter. You have all blessed me so much, and I know Sarah-Jane is also moved by your support and encouragement. I don’t know exactly what I expected in response to these posts. But certainly nothing like what we’ve experienced. I was a bit hesitant, and by “bit”, I mean “completely”, to admit that we met online. But I can’t even imagine the whopper of a lie I’d have to come up with to explain how I met the Love of my life in Rhode Island. Shockingly, I’ve received universal acceptance. Even some testimonials and confessions from others who have found love by this method.
It goes without saying that the days, weeks and months ahead are going to be interesting, to say the least. As much as is appropriate, interesting, and serves a bigger purpose than an online diary, I will be posting updates. And of course, there is more to share about our experiences up to this point. But I just wanted to take this opportunity to write a “bonus post” to say thank you. You have all been so kind. I’m humbled, and all of this outpouring has only served to fuel my determination.
But ultimately, I thank God. I thank Him for his blessings that go well beyond my merit. We don’t deserve blessings. He gives liberally to us because He loves us. We honor Him and those who bless us by our gratefulness and loyalty.
From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked. ~Luke 12:48b
I have been given much. And your love and encouragement serve as love notes from God. It’s in these good times, and the difficulties, when you really learn who your friends are. I have much to live up to. Because of what I’ve been given and been entrusted with, I must remain humble, mindful and diligent to give my very best with each day.
From the bottom of my heart, thank you.