Today is my birthday, and every year at this time I take a little time to reflect on the past year, what I have done, where I have gone, etc, and I set some goals for the upcoming year. It is often a day of reflection.
Today, as I look back on the past year I see many blessings that have come my way. I have been blessed with another daughter (who is in a kick of getting up at 5:30 nowadays, so much fun). I have been blessed to see a number of people realize their gifts and put their faith into action. I have been blessed with a wonderful wife and family who help me to see the face of God every day in their love and forgiveness. It has also been a year where the church has become more active and people more willing to step forward and take leadership roles. Overall, it has been a truly wonderful year.
And the next year is quite bright as well. I will be returning to MT for a class reunion in August, we will be going to MN for a conference this summer I am looking forward to, and there are many new ministries, esp youth ministries, that will be coming that are very exciting.
All the years we are given here on earth are true blessings. They go by fast and we all need to sit back and enjoy this gift of life we have. My prayer for you today is that you would celebrate this gift of life and enjoy all that you have been given.