Another year, another dollar!
If I am honest with myself, I liked 2017. It was a year in which I saw a lot of psychological growth and stability in my life (in case you were wondering, I put up a good battle with anxiety on a regular basis). The Lord was good to my family and me in more ways that I can even begin to describe. Sure, there were was pain, sorrow, and sin, but without these, there is also no growth. So, like Job, I will take the good with the bad.
One thing that is quickly approaching the horizon is my 40th birthday. In less than a day, I will hot the milestone and officially be “over the hill.” It is crazy to think that I have made it this far. Looking back on the last twenty years I am just amazed I am where I am in life. Did I get everything I wanted? No. But I damn sure got more than I ever thought I would get or even deserve. I have a wife that I love more than any human being on this planet (though my daughter is a very, very close second!); I have a daughter that is the light of my life; I have parents that are still together and love each other; I have the raddest, most wickedly intelligent friends a man can ever ask for; I have a job that I love to get up and go to (which isn’t hard, considering that my commute is from my bedroom to my basement); I have a church body that is one of the best, with a pastor who is fiercly passionate about the word of truth and the people of God (I can overlook the fact that he is a Canucks fan). All of these things are a gift from God that this broken and stubborn man most assuredly does not deserve, but will be forever grateful for.
So, as I look towards the remainder of 2018, I am reminded of Paul’s prayer in Ephesians, a prayer that I will make mine not just in 2018, but until the day I die, and even then, I hope to pray it throughout all eternity:
Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.