Considering 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 all involved births or a miscarriage, 2010 could be rated relatively boring in comparison. However, that was certainly not the case, so I thought it would be beneficial to take a brief look back at various areas of my life as a marker looking back and an opportunity to look ahead.
Where to start? It was quite a year. I received a promotion and continued to take on increasing responsibility. In fact, one of my co-workers retired at the end of the year and we hired an analyst so that I could take on more revenue generating responsbility in the office. God has continued to bless my work and grant me favor with my co-workers and colleagues. Praise God!
No additions to this category this year (as mentioned above), but our children continue to grow, change and develop. Abel and Amariah both started pre-school this past fall. My wife, Angela is homeschooling this year and using the Sonlight curriculum. So far it has been very profitable academically for our children and worth the up front cost. It’s really neat to watch our children learn and hunger to know more. Abel continues to love to build with Legos, he is a detail oriented four year old. Amariah has the most creative imagination of any child I have ever known. She loves to sing and play make believe. Isabel and Elliana are now over 19 months old and walking / running / climbing whereever they please! It’s so much fun to watch them interact with each other and their older siblings. Children certainly have a way of keeping things in perspective.
My brother got engage to his college sweetheart and we look forward to their wedding in April. My sister and brother-in-law are finally catching up with us on the kid count and are due to equal us in March of 2011. My parents continue to be blessed with good years farming and enjoying their seven grandchildren. My mom had another good year of tests at Mayo. She has now been officially cancer free since her last surgery in December of 2007. What an amazing work of healing and restoration. I continually praise God for his goodness and do not take my time with my extended family for granted!
At First Family Church, we finished series in 2 Peter and Romans, and did a topical study on the Gospel-Centered Life. We also spend the entire year in our “new” facility. It was nice to finally have a place that we call “home” after being a mobile church. We led a Lighthouse group for the first half of the year and then took a break beginning in the fall to take a year to “recharge” from the demands of having a young family and leading.
It was a good year of growth for me in some theological areas that I had been studying coinciding with the various sermon series. However, I found myself struggling with consistency in scripture reading off and on. When my work schedule became hectic, I found myself leaving God with the leftovers… ouch… that’s a tough thing to admit and something I am not very proud of. I did not have a formal bible “reading plan” outlined at the beginning of the year, and found that did not serve me well.
While, my posting was down this year (only 21 posts = yikes!), I feel that each year God is changing my outlook on life and focusing my gaze eternally. I want to have a year that counts for eternity and be able to look back with satisfaction that I am not only encouraging christian living with an eternal outlook, but living as a Christian with an ever increasing eternal outlook.