Blessings

January 15, 2013 at 10:32 pm • Posted in UncategorizedNo comments yet

We are all blessed. We are blessed that we might be a blessing to others. Sometimes our blessings are easy to notice, while other times it can be more difficult. We often see how others are blessed more than we see how we are blessed. As I reflect on the many blessings I experience each day, and all of the blessings I have experienced in my life, I cannot help but to be grateful. Its much easier to point out what is wrong than it is to see what is right. Its easier to look at weaknesses, failures, and unmet needs than it is to look at the good, the beautiful and the blessings. We are all created in the image of God and our identity is found in Christ, our true self is not the one that we invent nor is it the one that is invented by others, our true self is the self that God created us to be.

God has spoiled me. The way that God has spoiled me is in relationships. I look at my life, present and past (as well as the future) and I am amazed at the people that God has put in my life. From my best friend and wife Jessica, to my amazing children, and the many friends, mentors, teachers, colleagues, and others. The richness of the diversity, depth and abundance of the relationships I have and continue to experience is far beyond what I could have ever dreamed. These relationships have and continue to change me. They are the greatest gift I have been given outside of the gift of God. In this way not only am I blessed, but I am blessed to abundance.

 

New Year!

January 1, 2013 at 7:14 pm • Posted in UncategorizedNo comments yet

Happy New Year! I have never been one to get into New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day (other than being thankful for time off), but I have valued some of the good things about these days as well as some of the traditions we have started. Enjoying an evening of fondue, drinks, games and the hot tub with friends has become a great New Year’s Eve tradition. Its very relaxing and life giving. I also love enjoying a day off to start the New Year. Each year, like each day (Matthew 6) brings a lot to our lives. Each year, like each day has its own identity, its own joys, its own troubles, its own victories and its own challenges. The New Year is a reminder to me that God is always making all things new, redeeming the good, the bad, the ugly and the mundane for a greater purpose. Just as I have experienced good and bad days, there are years that are better than others. I did not miss seeing 2011 go by the wayside, even though it was a good year. I did miss 2010 because that was a great year. I won’t miss 2012 much, it was not the best year, and it was far too full. That said, none of it really matters, because God makes all things new. In 2013 I expect challenges and failures, joys and victories. There is much I am looking forward to in 2013. I am looking forward to getting back into my disciplined routine of self care and physical, emotional and spiritual growth. I am looking forward to growing with my kids, my family. I am looking forward to a special season with my family as we set some goals and renew our focus not only on being together more, but becoming more of the missional family God desires us to be. I am looking forward to finishing up a season of pruning and embracing a season of growth and fruit. I am excited about stability and change. I am excited about routine and adventure. Most of all I am excited to see what God has in store this year!