Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Reflections of 2014

Another year has come and gone.  Yes, it's only Christmas Eve, not New Year's Eve, but it's on my mind to write now.  Although 2014 was difficult in ways, it has come to a happy end.  It had its joys, many wonderful experiences, as well as some hard ones.  I haven't grown by leaps and bounds this year. But I have grown in my understanding of a few truths: that Jesus loves me and that God is Faithful.

When Facebook generated my 2014 Year in Review, it was all about NY.  And yes, that was one of the most significant aspects of my year. I left the factory world, spent time in NY, and now I'm behind the counter and enjoying it.  My relationships have changed. I'm learning to share my faith by just living it, and slowly in word as people ask about it.  I've changed in many ways.

I have so much to write about, so much to post on this blog, but I'm a little bit in holiday mode, and my discipline has been lacking.  I've had lots to do and lots on my mind, but haven't been able to make too much headway with it. But it's coming. It's certainly coming. The days of typing away at my laptop are coming.  I'm excited about some of the new stuff I will be doing and what I will have to share.  My plans for 2015 have dramatically changed in the past few weeks, and perhaps they will or have disappointed some.  But I'm happy with my choice right now. And I'm thankful for those who have helped me reach this place.

When I consider the coming of 2015, I anticipate change. I anticipate growth, although in a different way than I initially anticipated.  I can't see how things will play out.  People ask how long I plan to be where I find myself now. I don't know. I know that perhaps they would rather see me somewhere else. But one thing that has become special and precious to me lately is the sense that I'm exactly where I need to be right now. I didn't entirely understand it months ago, and I don't entirely understand it now. However, I see change where I'm at, and I want to see God continue to work. I have seen myself change. It's hard at times, and I don't let many people see the battles I often fight. But God is at work. And no matter how small that work may seem at first, it's special.

As you celebrate Christmas and the New Year, my desire is simply that you would know Christ's love and that the Hope He brought to this world would become real in your life.

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