On the first day of 2012, I never would have thought that the year would have turned out the way it did. There were some really good times: being at the Passion Conference last January, skiing Crested Butte, finding out I’ll be a dad again, Collegiate Summit in Nashville, being with our junior high students, high school students and leaders at Orange Beach for Student Life Camp and serving with some awesome college students in Quebec.
2012 also had some hard, confusing and tough times: family health issues, having to drop out of my doctorate program and last, but certainly not least, my church’s decision to end my college ministry position after just one year (5 ½ years on staff with the church) before I even got a chance to implement the vision that I had for the collegiate ministry. You can read more about my job loss and job search in my previous posts here and here.
However the new year stands as a metaphorical, or symbolic, new beginning; a time to reflect on the successes and failures of the last year, a time to set goals and perform both personal and corporate “state of union” evaluations.
Now, on the first day of 2013, I want to simply make three statements: one in looking back over the last year and two looking forward to 2013.
1. Through all the blessings and despite all the challenges, I have much to be grateful and thankful for as I look back on 2012. I have learned so many things during the last year and much of it has come through the last few months of trials and walking through the unknown. I am also very grateful for this blog and people who have read, follow and like the posts. To everyone who reads, I want to say a big and sincere “Thank You!”
2. I know that God is still sovereign and is not in an emergency session wondering what is going on and what is going to happen.This is true, not only of my own situation, but it is also true in whatever situation you, the reader, are going through or whatever situations are occurring in the world. God is in the process of redeeming the world while bringing glory to himself. God also has your best interest in mine and God has my best interest in mind and that thought brings great comfort in the midst of hardships.
3. I have some exciting plans in the works for this blog during the upcoming year. I’ll make one shameless plug here; I have some great blog series coming up as well as a few surprises for email subscribers. If you are not an email subscriber, I suggest that you sign up to follow by email.
Here’s to a happy and blessed new year!