Around this time each year, I have always liked to look back on the previous year and just remind myself of what happened. I like to think about the good times that were had and learn from the not so good times for the coming year.
Not this year.
We all have a past. Every person living or dead, has a past. Until Doc Brown shows up at my house in a Delorean and time travel is something not just in the movies any more, I cannot change a single second in my past. I cannot reverse a single decision and cannot right a single wrong.
What I can do is stop looking back at the past and start looking forward to where I want to go in the new year.
God has blessed me beyond measure. I have an amazing wife, 2 great boys, we live in a new home and we are members at where God is definitely doing an amazing work there. I have a great job where I design HVAC systems for commercial properties and get to work on computers, laptops, tablets, and do what I love to do, all day long. Oh and I get paid to do it.
Recently, we got a new addition to the family in a 7 week old pure bred bloodhound. Lilly has been exactly what she is, a puppy full of energy that has a lot of love to give but is needing a lot of attention too.
Still something is missing in my life. I have let life consume me in the previous months with the move and the holidays. I have used “busy-ness” as an excuse. To say my quiet time has suffered would be the understatement of the day.
I don’t have that excuse anymore. What I do have is a rekindled fire and desire to want to be closer to God in the next year. I want to be involved in ministry again, like never before. I want to know scripture and live a life centered around what God is doing.
So several weeks ago when I began looking ahead, I began working on the plan for my life, for the upcoming year and beyond. I met with my pastor and began talking about being involved with church revitalization. I have started reading through the Bible again. I have started a study (Experiencing God) that I have wanted to do for a long time but for some reason never got started.
I want to pour more into the lives of the boys. I was blessed to be able to witness both of them being baptized last year and I don’t want them to just think that is it. I want them to grow closer to God and become the men of God that God wants them to be.
I want to be the husband that I am called out in scripture to be. I want to be the leader of my household and love Stephanie like Christ loved the church.
I have a plan. The plan is in motion and I am looking ahead to what God is doing so that I can meet Him there.
Hebrews 12:1-2 ….And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith…