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2011 is knocking at the door, with 2010 only having a few more hours.  I know it’s a sign of growing old but it’s hard to believe we’re ten years into the 21st century.  I’m not sure I’m any better at reflecting now than I was ten years ago, but here it goes …

My family continues to be my greatest blessing.  Persistent and patient, my wife landed a job with Douglas County Schools and is already making her mark.  I know that as parents and colleagues interact with her, she will continue to make a great impression. 

Our daughters continue to blossom.  I’m encouraged by the friends they make and how they each lead in their own way.  As “grown-up” conversation becomes more possible, it is such a joy to hear them express themselves.

On the ministry front, this has been the first full year out of twenty that I have served in an associate role.  It has its ups and downs.  Fortunately, I have opportunities to do the things I love: preaching, teaching, and leading people – only in different amounts than what I have been used to.

It was ten years ago that God placed three life goals on my heart.  They were to be a part of a church-planting church, to reach my generation for Jesus, and to invest in the next generation of church leaders.  This reaffirmation of my calling remains as firm as ever.  It’s what gives me purpose as well as leading to frustration when those goals seem stalled.

2010 has been a learning experience for me … learning how to be a better husband and father … learning what it means to be a Christ-follower first and a pastor second … learning to contribute as a passenger on the bus and not the driver.  I know that God never wastes an experience; we do.  From that perspective, I want to learn as much as I can from 2010 so that 2011 can be even more productive, effective, and enjoyable.

May you enjoy these last few hours of 2010.  And remember … the best way to start a new year is with a good night’s sleep.

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