Teach us to number our days carefully
so that we may develop wisdom in our hearts.[e]
One of my favorite things to do in a new year is to begin a new journal. I love the point when the blank pages before me outnumber the filled pages behind me.
And yet, on balance, I am also facing the reality that there are more filled journals in my past than there are blank journals in my future. 2018 marks my 52nd year on this planet. My 32nd year in ministry. My 26th year as a married man. 21st as a father. 3rd as an Alabamian. And first as a lead pastor.
I believe there are still new adventures to be had. New lessons to be learned. New insights to be gained. And I pray, Lord, that I will come to the end of 2018…
- More at peace with You yet more broken by You;
- More in love with my wife yet more aware of how fragile and delicate a God-honoring marriage truly is;
- More dedicated to my role as a father, yet more aware of my diminishing impact and years to influence their lives;
- More confident in my leadership at my church, yet more mindful of my utter dependence on You.
Let me journey without arriving, mature without mellowing, stabilize without stagnating, and study without graduating. And let me live 2018 only for the glory of God.