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Tuesday, August 17, 2004

Tonight is the candlelight devotional at ACU. As you begin to doze off after watching the last badminton match tonight--or whatever happens to be on at the Olympics--offer a quick prayer for me. I'll be speaking well past my bedtime! (Why can't we do the candlelight devotional at 5:00 a.m.?) When I began this blog last August, I thought I'd give it a try for a year. The year is up. So now what? I launched it thinking that at least my mom would read it. Now a sort of blog community has popped up. A couple days ago I dropped a little counter on the site to see if anyone besides mom is really reading. (Again, thanks to Matt Elliott for holding my hand and walking me through the technology even though it wasn't much more complicated than "take two aspirin and call me in the morning"). And, apparently there are a few out there (675 yesterday) dropping by to see where my insanities are centered today. So, I'll plug along for awhile. This is the busy time of the year, though, so be patient with me. My Bible class at ACU begins Monday, as does my second year of Spanish. In the past year I've written about grief, baseball (another sort of grief for Rangers fans), love, guacamole, love of guacamole, parenting, faith, church, coaching little league, obsessions, holy ground, marriage, and doubt. I managed to predict none of the winners in the NCAA tournament. (Which reminds me . . . this year's World Series? Angels v. Cardinals. You read it here first.) As readers of the blog, you're welcome to have some input. What do you want to read about? Some would probably prefer that I stay on more serious topics, but I think I have more insight about topics that aren't very serious. We'll see . . . . Thanks for dropping by.

31 Comments:

  • Mike, just because you have a blog, just because hundreds of people peek in on it from time to time, is no reason to feel obligated to do this when other priorities take your time. I'm serious. We enjoy your wit and wisdom (sometimes), serious or not, but life as we know it would not change drastically if you decide this isn't where you belong at times.
    Hope this semester is just wonderful, that you will have students who challenge you and bless you. good luck with the Spanish!
    sarah

    By Blogger Sarah_RN, at 8/17/2004 05:03:00 AM  

  • Well, I'm kinda with you about the time of day I'm at my best, but since you got me to go to a Little League game for the first time in many years, I'd like to see you continue. I like the mix of serious and not-so-serious. Thanks for doing this and using your gift of words. I'm honored to say that "Mike's my preacher."

    By Blogger Jim, at 8/17/2004 05:04:00 AM  

  • Mike -- I'd love to keep on reading what you write - serious, funny, random, whatever - it helps with the withdrawals that I have by not getting to hear your lessons each Sunday from the pulpit.

    By Blogger Jenni, at 8/17/2004 05:45:00 AM  

  • So, if you're a Cardinals fan (and I think you are) who would you root for in that series if Lackey were pitching?

    By Blogger Val, at 8/17/2004 05:53:00 AM  

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    By Blogger George, at 8/17/2004 06:11:00 AM  

  • I really think you're overdue on your apologetic defense of guacamole. Maybe a reasoned argument could persuade me otherwise, but currently I happen to think you're sadly in a state of obviously unregenerate tastebuds.

    By Blogger Q, at 8/17/2004 06:25:00 AM  

  • Mike, when you get around to your apologetic defense of guacamole, I'd be proud to sit second chair. :>)

    By Blogger Kathy, at 8/17/2004 06:47:00 AM  

  • I'd love to hear your thoughts on men's spirituality. In your mind, how should men battle issues like pride, internet pornography, self-sufficiency, etc.?

    By Blogger Josh, at 8/17/2004 07:14:00 AM  

  • Man... We women are lucky that we don't battle pride and self-sufficiency...

    At least, y'know, I don't.

    ^_~

    By Blogger Q, at 8/17/2004 07:19:00 AM  

  • Hey Josh Patrick! I thought I knew who was commenting, man we miss Highland. You too should blog ~ that head is just full of insight that others would love to read. (BTW, it's Mae Anne.)
    Mike, I think that this whole blog site and the connections that have been formed are b/c of God. He must have a hankering for Nicholas Sparks, baseball, guacamole, and Texans bringing light to others ~ at least that's my point of view. Your thoughts (and many others I've found b/c of your blog) offer words of encouragement, thought, laughter, insight, tears and challenges to reachout for God and not settle for anything.
    I say ~ keep on keepin on (unless of course you get burn out, and then just recycle some stuff). :)

    By Blogger Mae, at 8/17/2004 07:29:00 AM  

  • Sarah is not speaking on my behalf. We need you to keep blogging! This is the only "Cope Fix" I get until the Spring rolls around every year and I get to hear you at Pepperdine. I believe you have volumes of thoughts and ideas that you WANT to write about and share with all of us. I also believe that you like blogging as much as we like reading it! So, suck it up and persevere! Reading all that Nicholas Sparks has influenced you more than you think...he's got you comfortable with whining! Delute that with some good ole football, and you will be back to normal. There is NOTHING like High School football in the fall. That sounded really deep and spiritual, huh? Ok......excluding our walk with the Father and our relationship with other believers in this community of faith and love......football is really fun. That's my story, and I'm sticking to it!
    :)

    All teasing aside, we'll still love you even if you quit blogging. Just don't expect to get invited to any guacamole parties

    DU

    By Blogger David U, at 8/17/2004 07:36:00 AM  

  • Here is my 2 cents... I would miss your blogs if you were to quit (especially cold turkey)! If you need to taper off or slowly "wean" us all, we would all understand. It is amazing to have this type access to a busy ministry guy like you. I hope you keep it up, but not at the expense of other things you need or want to do.

    By Blogger SG, at 8/17/2004 08:27:00 AM  

  • While I appreciate the sensitivity of "SS" towards your schedule and priorities, I also note by clicking on her profile that she lives in ABILENE. This means that she likely gets to see you, hear you preach, hear your wonderful Megan stories, laugh at your jokes, and perhaps even sidle up to you in the church foyer and rifle through your wallet and/or loose change.

    I, however, live in Atlanta. And on behalf of long-distance Mike Cope junkies everywhere, let me just offer a big "Hurrah!!" that you plan to continue blogging. Shoot, I'm making friends with OTHER people through your comment section! (I think you know that I need all the help I can get in that area.)

    Re: content --

    Personally, I love that one day you're sharing regrets from the early days of your marriage and the next you're confessing an affinity for chick-novels. That feels like real life to me, and I appreciate you sharing it with us all.

    In closing, I leave you with a heartfelt "Woo-hoo!!"

    By Blogger Matt Elliott, at 8/17/2004 08:32:00 AM  

  • Please don't quit! I have you bookmarked and my remarkable computer even recognizes your blog location even if I type "mik..." and that's it! It goes right to it. I think my laptop likes your blog so please keep them coming. We will be patient but your thoughts give me remembrance back to my ACU days and I love that!!

    Blessings on your new semester !

    By Blogger Donny, at 8/17/2004 08:35:00 AM  

  • Mike, I have been reading your blog for some time, and your blogging helped influence me to start my own spot. Please, keep typing out your thoughts! I usually only get to hear you speak in person at the ZOE worship conferences in October, so I echo Matt Elliott's sentiments (above). God bless you, brother!! You are an amazing encourager!

    By Blogger Greg, at 8/17/2004 08:42:00 AM  

  • My wife would like more guacamole discussion on your blog. Specifically, she would like to see a good recipe for guacamole. As for me, I just enjoy your ramblings and would really miss them if you were to quit blogging.

    Jeff

    By Blogger Jeff Slater, at 8/17/2004 09:20:00 AM  

  • Mike, selfishly I want you to keep blogging. Not a week goes by that I don't enter the sight to revel in your diversity. I always leave encouraged, uplifted, and informed. Thanks for sharing with us. I have begun blogging myself and find it is good for the soul, mind and heart to scratch out a few lines a day and compare notes. Enjoyed your recent walks down memory lane at Harding. I was there with you a couple of years and competed against you in all the intramural sports. Knights vs Alpha Omega. Leonard Cannon introduced me to my wife of 24 years, Cheryl (Heil) Riley. Keep on keeping on.
    Keith

    By Blogger Keith, at 8/17/2004 09:27:00 AM  

  • Mike,

    I do enjoy the sense of community that has developed. I now have several blogs I visit and have two of my own up and running -- one for school and one for personal.

    Do you think you might have enough blog classics to float through the semester?

    By Blogger Serena Voss, at 8/17/2004 09:47:00 AM  

  • Mike,

    Congratulations on reaching your one year anniversary of blogging. The blogging business is a tough venture. Over 80% of those who begin a blog fail within the first year. Why has your blog been a success when so many other blog writers have disappeared into cyberspace? I believe it is because you write on the edge of conformity. Some may say that you write on the edge of reality. Regardless, each day hundreds and soon to be thousand of blog readers anticipate something unique and refreshing from the computer (formerly pen) of Mike Cope.

    By Blogger David Michael, at 8/17/2004 10:08:00 AM  

  • just keep doing what you're doing. there ends up being plenty for everybody. sure, as music/movies/books guy i could ask for regular postings of music/movie/book reviews of whatever it is you're currently listeningto/watching/reading, but that might be unfair to others.

    By Blogger chrismith, at 8/17/2004 11:55:00 AM  

  • Mae Anne - I took your advice. Go to joshpatrick.blogspot.com. Good to hear from you. God bless.

    By Blogger Josh, at 8/17/2004 01:54:00 PM  

  • Mike, the whole idea behind a weblog is to simply write about whatever's on your mind, not what others want to read about. And that's why a blog can be a very personal thing. The reason you have readers is because the readers want to know what's on your mind. Of course, it's your prerogative to stay with the idea of the blog, or to make it into something different.

    BTW, the last look I had at your hit-counter, it was up to 2129. I'd say you have a few readers. ;-)

    By Blogger Jonathan Paden, at 8/17/2004 02:41:00 PM  

  • I'm new to your blog, Mike ... so I really don't have much of a right to offer my thoughts ... but I have enjoyed everything so far. Are you the kind of person who must do this on a regular basis if you're going to do it at all? You know...compuslively driving to enter a note into your PDA when you have a bloggable thought or see something that can be a subject for a blog post? Do you sometimes drive down the road and see something and think to yourself, "Self, I need to blog about that"? If so, then you really don't have a choice in the matter, do you? Yes, I'm just kidding. Keep it up.

    By Blogger JD, at 8/17/2004 03:39:00 PM  

  • MIKE
    i HAVE BEEN TRYING TO BLOG ON AND COULDN'T REMEMBER MY PASSWORD..SEE WHAT AWAITS YOU AS YOU AGE. i AM NEW TO THE BLOG EXPERIENCE AND I WANT YOU TO DEFINITELY CONTINUE.TH0UGH I DO HEAR YOU EACH WEEK, ITS NOT ENOUGH. YOU MAKE ME THINK ON THE EDGE OF LIFE, SHARP AND DEMANDING TO NOT JUST EXIST. i PRAY GOD GIVES YOU ENERGY, ENCOURAGEMENT AND COURAGE TO SPEAK WHAT HE CLEARLY GIVES YOU TO SAY. OTHERWISE WE GO BACK TO THE YUUCK TO BE SEEN AND HEARD AS SATAN TRIES TO FILL US UP WITH HIS SUBTLE EVIL. pLEASE CONTINUE TO CHALLENGE MY THOUGHT PROCESSES.

    By Blogger lauraoldenburg, at 8/17/2004 04:20:00 PM  

  • Funny how reading a blogspot can feel like evesdropping...I admit to you that I have no Abilene connection (well, my sister went one semester back in '76) but was raised CofC, oh, and I like guacamole! I read this everyday, not only for spiritual insight but for the authenticity. There is something wonderful about reading about what is special in other's lives, like the candelight devotional. But most of all, I love your references of Megan, because I have a nine-year-old with CP. The posting on regrets was espeically poignant. It's easy to get caught up in the world of therapy, appointments, and his physical condition and forget what a whimsical, funny, sweet boy that God has given us, who will only go to sleep by spooning with Dad in his bedroom floor. (He yells for him until he comes!) From an everyday "evesdropper," I'd miss your blog.

    By Blogger Cindy, at 8/17/2004 05:37:00 PM  

  • Mike, I'd have to say that you're spiritually gifted to write. So if you're comfortable with walking away from a God given talent...
    (no pressure).

    Actually, you're spiritually gifted in several directions. And this is definitely one area of your giftedness that I personally enjoy. So my bias would be for you to continue. Ah, choosing between all the "good" choices!

    By Blogger Kevin Hammond, at 8/17/2004 07:33:00 PM  

  • For a year I have sat quietly on the periphery enjoying your blogging. It has become a daily habit. You can make or break my day. No pressure of course! However, when you contemplate to blog or not to blog, I must enter the circle boldly and say "blog on brother"!

    By Blogger Brian Hudspeth, at 8/17/2004 10:21:00 PM  

  • Let your light shine, blog on.

    By Blogger starrman, at 8/17/2004 10:30:00 PM  

  • Hi, Mike! It's Sarah again. Never wanted you to think I don't love seeing what you have to say every day. You're an amazing writer. You can get so deep in philosophy that I wish I were back in college again (NOT!) Then you can get so deep in quacamole I can almost taste it. You'll say something I can relate to almost every day. Even if I do get to siddle up to you in the lobby and rifle through your wallet(!!) every sunday, I still look forward to seeing what goes on in this blog every day. I feel that I've gotten to know you better in this way. The comments are almost as much fun as the original post. Or MORE fun!
    But I just wouldn't want you to feel any pressure when you have so much else to do. Guess it was from my perspective of never getting everything done that influenced my first comment. Maybe if I got up at 5 and ran I could....( NOT! ) lOVE U SS

    By Blogger Sarah_RN, at 8/18/2004 06:09:00 AM  

  • Mike,
    I like the mix! Having one day be serious on faith and grace and the next day seeing yourself in a bowl of guacamole is what keeps me reading. I just appreciate the opportunity to be so far away and still have a connection to you, Abilene, ACU, little league, your family, and the church I love (Highland)! Keep blogging!

    By Blogger Michael, at 8/18/2004 12:07:00 PM  

  • Mike,
    Finally, something I have in mutual experience with the other commentators here! Therefore, your blog's own personal "non-sequitur" ;) votes for continued blogging. :>)

    By Blogger Kathy, at 8/18/2004 08:20:00 PM  

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