Happy New Year! As I write this I’ve alreayd run a 5k (with a horrible time, but I did it), had a leisure brunch with 2 good friends, and am now watching the Gators, who seem to have forgotten how to play football, at least for the first quarter.
As I look back on 2010, I look back on it with mixed emotions:
1. Love the friendships that God has sustained and used to nourish me…some in Louisville, some new and old ones here in the RDU area, and of course some fb and faraway love and friendship from people who don’t see me every day.
2. I love my job that God has provided for me. At the end of 2009, I knew this new job was coming. I was so excited about it. Then, however, I don’t think I knew what a HUGE job it was. I mean, you know its going to be great and hard and a God-sized task – but its not until you have been in it for 9 months today that you reaize that you are totally inadequate for it, you are thankful for others who are a part of the journey with you, and you leave every day somewhat overwhelmed with what God has asked you to do. He is good. His grace sustains.
3. The part of my life that I am most disappointed in at the end of 2010 is the lack of healthy living in 2010. I have gained 25 lbs as of this morning, and that can’t be the case. So…here we are back at it again.
4. 2011 will be the year of pushing it hard. In every area: writing (job, blogs, book), exercising (1000 miles, at least 3 races, yoga, kettlebell routines, reading (1 book a week, and I read slow), relationships (which are key to live and I want to keep pouring into those, photography (I love this and I want to get better at it), and cooking (see paranthetical statement with photography). And this is all not knowing what 2011 will hold…I’m praying some big prayers. We’ll see how the faithful God and my Provider will answer those.
So, what I do know…God is gracious, faithful, and willing to forgive. He is the constant and stable in my life. He will be the same on Jan 1, 2012 as He is today.
But, I can change. God’s power and grace gives me reason to change. The cross is my ability to change. The gospel must impact every area of my life.
Who will be on January 2012 when I will almost be 35?