Well hey there friends.
It’s been a year since I last wrote, well, it was last year anyway. I figured it was about time for an update. So, let me say a quick Happy New Year to each of you. I hope that you’re holidays were less eventful but equally awesome in comparison to mine.
Next time I decided to combine laser eye surgery, the NFL playoffs, and a blizzard into one vacation just say ‘Christmas 2013’ to me. That should do the trick. Although hopefully I will never need eye surgery again. From my blog to God’s eyes.
I am still finalizing my 2014 goals but I have to say, I have a good feeling about this year. I wanted to quickly share with you a challenge I read in All in by Mark Batterson while on a flight from Kentucky to Florida a few days ago. This is what I’m using to set the tone for my new year:
Quit living as if the purpose of life is to arrive safely at death. Set God-sized goals. Pursue God-ordained passions. Go after a dream that is destined to fail without divine intervention. Keep asking questions. Keep making mistakes. Keep seeking God. Stop pointing out problems and become part of the solution. Stop repeating the past and start creating the future. Stop playing it safe and start taking risks. Expand your horizons. Accumulate experiences. Enjoy the journey. Find every excuse you can to celebrate everything you can. Live like today is the first day and last day of your life. Don’t let what’s wrong with you keep you from worshiping what’s right with God. Burn sinful bridges. Blaze new trails. Criticize by creating. Worry less about what people think and more about what God thinks. Don’t try to be who you’re not. Be yourself. Laugh at yourself. Don’t let fear dictate your decisions. Take a flying leap of faith. Chase the lion! – Mark Batterson
I probably don’t need to explain why I love this. It’s just so perfectly worded all on it’s own. But as I think about 2014 I hope that it is a year of taking risks. I pray that the Lord moves mightily in my heart, my life, and my relationships. I hope that he breaks my heart for what breaks his.
You can expect much of the same – piles of books read, countries visited, buildings built, bible studies lead. But know that this year will be exciting, daring, and a bit of an adventure. Thank you for being part of this blog, my life, and I hope the chasing of lions in 2014!