2011 was a good year for the church, but how would I describe my year? It may sound strange by it was just OK except for one thing I will share at the end that was awesome.
Busy was the early part of 2011. There was so much going on with new families and all of their new needs. Most people who come to church need some form of stabilization in their life before they can grow spiritually and 2011 was no different.
Add to that our first Liberty Theater service and you have a recipe for work. It was good work, fruitful work, but pretty busy.
Because of this I did not take care of myself mentally or physically as I should have and found myself longing for a break and by the middle of August I was ready to go.
This began a 20 day, 6500 mile adventure with my brother that was amazing. On my Harley the only thing I have to concentrate on is the road and the only council I can give is to myself. And while I missed my wife and children horribly, I would have gone back on the road a month later if I could have. It was refreshing, freeing, fun, and I believe every man should go on a trip like this every year. Praise God my wife is so amazing.
But when I came back, I fell right back into the same routines that wore me out before and soon I found myself weary again. and then.............
Something amazing happened. I found hope again.
Hope in my Calling as a Pastor.
Hope in my Commission as a Christian.
Hope in my Command as a Husband.
From a one day conference on ministry I was given answers to questions no one had ever been honest enough to give me. And questions that I would have to seek answers to on my own but at least I had a guide line to work from. I can't wait to work these things out in my life and I am sure that you all will benefit from that experience greatly.
For most of the year it was OK other than the trip. It was awesome. and the conference it was amazing. But there is one great thing I think may have finally sunk in.
I never want to end a year with an OK.
There is so much life God has called us to live. Jesus said life with Him would be abundantly lived and that's what I am looking for in 2012.
What about you? OK or Oh Yea