Many churches took to some form of internet messages for their congregations. I asked this old friend from my Meadville Tribune days if he'd mind me hanging out with him as he delivered his Sunday message in front of a video camera. He agreed to it and trusted me to tell a story.
During that time we hung out and talked about almost everything under the sun. We were catching up and remembering old conversations we both enjoyed.
Jeff is a proficient social media instigator of discussion. He posts "Food for Thought" questions daily, challenging those who care to engage to think a little deeper about a topic of interest.
For years as a proponent for local newspapers, I would try to get people with a strong voice to put their thoughts to paper and submit letters to the editor, or even better, become a featured columnist.
A few weeks back I asked Jeff if he would be interested in sharing his thoughts as a column. I told him my hope was to eventually gather local columnists who would share thoughts and engage readers of my blog and perhaps eventual publication.
He was intrigued enough by this to entertain a collaboration with me. He created a blog and has begun this journey. He and I will collaborate on getting his thoughts out to more people.
He and I discussed his first blog/column entry that I am sharing here now with you as a link. I think he has something important to share. He is a man of the cloth, but he is first and foremost a human like the rest of us. We forget sometimes that our leaders, whether societal or spiritual, are, in fact, human themselves.
Jeff wrote: "Throughout my life I have had many disappointments when I found I couldn’t become what I wanted to be, but the lesson learned on the baseball field never left me. When life goes in a direction we don’t choose, look for the way to make a positive impact on the paths available to us."
Please give Jeff's blog a read and I hope to feature many more of his "Food for Thoughts" in the future.