After spending some time reflecting on the past year, I am amazed at all that takes place in a given year. There are highlights and a few bumps, a little heartache and some victories as well. Change that seemed overwhelming a few months ago has now become a part of the routine. One journal entry had me wondering what I would think of the possibility that I faced when looking back on it a year from now? Well, it is nearly a year later, and in reality, it was not that big of a deal. I said goodbye to some great friends who fought the good fight. I made a few new friends as well. I brought pastoral candidates to church boards and congregations. Many successful pastoral reviews were conducted. Two churches were closed, and a couple started. Pastors came, and some pastors followed the Lord’s leading to new places. Some folks were upset, and some were glad this year. I experienced victories as well as a saying few “dumb” things for which I take responsibility. The vast majority of people were gracious and kind, and I am grateful.
What changes would you like to see in the new year? As I have advised before all change begins with small steps taken daily. Want big change? Start small and be consistent. A new year is a clean slate a redo; a fresh start let us seize it and move forward. I wish for you and your family a Happy and Healthy New Year. God bless you!