I quit!

This is my goodbye letter to Through in 2. And it is the final post that I’ll be making. The site will stay up, and all of the old posts will still be accessible. But nothing new will be posted or re-posted. And I am super excited about that!

Before you get the wrong idea, let me explain. This has been one of the most incredible, rich, and rewarding journeys of my life. I loved doing Through in 2, and was massively blessed every time I heard from someone who read one of the posts. And I still have a pretty deep emotional attachment to it because of all the hours and prayers that went into it.

But I watched a video last night, or, more accurately, re-watched. Last summer I was blown away by a lawyer, author, diplomat, crazy man, Jesus lover, etc. named Bob Goff when he spoke at the Willow Creek Global Leadership Summit. And my small group watched the video of his Summit talk last night.

Bob talked about living out the calling you’ve received from God, giving your life to him instead of wasting it away on things that don’t matter. He talked about being awesome for Jesus. And how doing that means we have to be open to whatever God may call us to, and then we have to be willing to say “yes” and go for it no matter how crazy or daunting it may seem.

But he said in order to be able to say “yes” to all that God is calling us to, we have to have margin in our lives to do it. And most of us live on the very edge of burnout where we can’t fit a single extra thing into our schedules. So the only way forward is to quit stuff. Bob quits something every Thursday.

I probably won’t make it a lifetime policy like Bob Goff, but for the next 2 months I am going to quit something every Thursday. Today I am quitting Through in 2. Not because I don’t love it, but because I have this sense and peace in my heart that it is time to use up that part of my mind and my energy that has, for a long time, gone towards this project – even when I’m just posting old stuff but still thinking every night about how I need to find something and post it – for something else.

I don’t know what exactly that “something else” will be yet. But I want so badly to be awesome for God that I have to create space for it. And so Through in 2’s space is being cleared out. And for now it’s going to be filled with prayer until God tells me to give my mind and energy to something else. I am excited for that! I love Through in 2 dearly, and I love everyone who has read it. But I’m excited to quit because I’m excited for what God has next.

Mike

#quitstuffthursday

4 responses »

  1. Kelsey says:

    So incredibly proud of you Michael! For throughin2 and for your decision to make space for something even greater! I’ve been so blessed by this over the last two years! Praising God for you!

  2. Cari says:

    Good for you! I just recently heard about Bob Goff and quitting something every Thursday – crazy! Praying for you! Thanks for investing all this time over the last 2 years. It has been a rich blessing to my soul! And thank you for always striving to be awesome for God and challenging the rest of us as you do!

  3. Malea Bertsch says:

    Thank you so much mike for putting so much time, effort, and prayer into this. It has meant so much to so many people and has touched many lives. Cant wait to see what God has in store. Thanks again!!

    Malea

  4. Deb says:

    I will always treasure the great adventure and journey we have been on together during this incredible endeavor! I have learned so much and I will return to favorite posts over and over. Thanks for your example to me of finishing well! I have a feeling God will continue to do great things through you…..and thanks for today’s great post! I want to listen to this speaker!

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