First, let me say that I have not written much this year, some of it has been intentional and some of it was just not disciplining myself to write. I tried to journal this year and started out great and did really well until May and somehow got derailed and never restarted. I hope to change that and my posting frequency here as well in the new year – just a few hours away.
This has been a year of transition and change for our entire family. It means leaving Minnesota after living there for 12 years and moving to Texas due to a job consolidation/transfer. It meant leaving our church after 12 years and attempting to find another church home in a new location (we haven’t been very successful). It meant selling one car (it was getting older and needing more attention and $$ along with having no air conditioning) and getting by with one car. It also meant getting adjusted to taking public transportation every day to and from work. It meant learning how to function without our “network” of friends and family. It also gave us a greater appreciation for our times with family since we are now separated. It has given us a greater appreciation of the role of the local church since we went from being heavily involved for 12 years to now being ones who are on the searching end of things looking for a local church (and we are still looking)
I have written a lot about ministry and the various trials and experiences that I have had since graduating from seminary in 2010 and the unfruitful search for pastoral ministry since graduation. I have decided to write less on the subject and replace my writing with more praying. I have to guard against bitterness and anger. Some have said that writing sometimes can be therapeutic and it can, if not checked, it can degenerate into a complaint or gripe session. My desire to serve God has grown stronger in this transitional period since I have gone from preaching and teaching from January 2014- July 2014 to no teaching or preaching since I left MN in July 2014. The theme this year for ministry is
And I thank Christ Jesus my Lord who has enabled me, because He counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry – 1 Timothy 1:12
I look forward to setting some new goals (no New Year’s resolutions) being a better father and husband and seeing what the Lord has in store for our family this year.