I took a 1/2 off from my usual routine yesterday and reflected…
I reflected on the past year. It has been very different to say the least. To be quite frank, since I was baptized at the same time as my daughter Rachael, life has been very exciting and different. That was 12 years ago. Different probably doesn’t do the story justice… it has been on the verge of fantasy… fiction… like you wouldn’t believe me if I told you the whole thing. Made some mistakes… made amends and keep moving forward… keep moving in the direction that He is leading me… following Jesus has been a painful transformation in many ways… yep… yep… yep… learning… growing… and doing my best to bring glory to Him every day. Sounds bad? Not really. God is good, all the time!
Yesterday I read on Tony Alicea’s blog that he’s now a quitter… having quit his well-paying, full-time job to work at his church. Tony is following the passion that God has put into his heart, and using his God-given gifts to their potential. Every time I hear this story, and I would have to say that I’m hearing it a lot recently, I get that goose-bump feeling up my spine. Do you know the feeling I’m talking about?
Finally, I reflected on boxes… focus… the circles… yes, I’m wandering… and knowing it’s not all about me!
I started to think about the year ahead… what am I going to resolve? I don’t want to wing it with that kind of decision.
A Half-Day Of Reflection… on things that might actually make a difference. The kind of stuff King David stories are made of. The sort of words that give you goose bumps. Boxes and Circles. Knowing it’s not all about me.
But the Lord said to Samuel, “… The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7
Have you been reflecting lately? Thinking about the year ahead and resolutions?
Good for you and your reflection, Chris. This is the time of year I reflect, too — review goals past; finish up ones left undone and determine what *I* and especially–what I think God–wants me to work on next year.
“Things to do” goals are easiest to set and do. “Spiritual growth” goals are harder. But more important.
excited to see what He has in store for you Carol 🙂
I have been looking back and looking to the future. I have learned a lot this past year and cannot wait for what this next year holds.
keep us posted Adam!!
I can’t wait for 2012…This is the first year in a long time where i’m stepping into it chasing a dream and having big goals, with an amazing support system to encourage me and hold me accountable for hitting milestones on the way. Thanks for cheering me on; I only hope i can return the favor half as well!
…and i’d love to hear the story!!
2012 is going to be a great one!!