Everyday is a new gift from God. Some of our days are filled with joy and some are filled with pain. It’s 365 days of twists and turns, ups and downs, that’s what makes each of our days an adventurous mystery. The only true stability one can find in life is the constant sustaining power of God, and for that I am truly grateful.
During the past year I have experienced his sustaining power. In my darkest moments and in my biggest failures, Christ was there. When my actions of stupidity or selfishness created pain for myself or the ones I love, I heard His voice. He brings light and gracious healing no matter how far our prodigal heart wanders from home. Christ’s forgiveness rediscovered; not only from Him but from the ones wounded from my actions.
I have discovered the beauty of seeing my children grow in the majestic truth and grace of Christ. I also learned I do not possess the strength, skill or wisdom to parent in my own ability. I am thankful I can lean on Him in this task of raising my children. He is strong enough. We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us.
I have come to know the strongest and most godly woman is my wife. Her grace and compassion is unwavering in all her relationships. She is relentless in her pursuit for God and his glory. Wisdom and beauty are her gifts She makes me proud to be her husband while at the same-time I am humbled the LORD gave her to someone like me.
This past year has been a rediscovery of God and his goodness for me. Its not been a rediscovery in the theological sense, but in the everyday practical ways of his constant powerful presence. In 2012, I will still be learning to live in Christ’s steadfast love.
Summary statements of things that captivated my thoughts this past year:
1. Selfishness is the worst kind of blindness.
2. We should unlearn successful methods from our past.
3. The hard work of family is a gift.
4. Forgiveness received is too beautiful for words.
5. My children often teach me more about life than I teach them.
6. I remembered what life without God was like. Very scary!
7. The depth, joy, and strength of biblical oneness.
8. Gray is becoming a reality (hair that is).
9. My wife is becoming more beautiful each day.
10. I still like Rock and Roll and very little country.
11. There is a greater need for gospel-centered churches in traditional places.
12. Repentance is not saying sorry, but surrendering to the active workings of God.
Looking forward to 2012. God is with me. Praying you too will discover Christ’s sustaining powerful presence.