At the beginning of this year, I participated in OneWord365. My word for 2012 was “Connected”. You can see my goals for this past year here. As I look back at this year, overall, I think I do feel more connected.
I was able to travel back home several times this year and my relationships with family members are stronger than ever. I also feel that this year brought deeper friendships into my life and I took the plunge to introduce myself to people instead of being the wallflower that I am use to being. Online, I have also been more outgoing and taken part in more conversations.
My relationship with God has been growing. Its fun to be learning more and seeing ways I can grow and be a better example of God’s love. Books like “Greater” and “Love Does” have impacted me in a huge way this year and steered me in a good direction in life. God keeps shouting to me through Habakkuk that He’s not done with me and the vision for my life will happen!
Professionally I am excited that I’m coming more and more into my own as an editor and writer. Setting this blog up was a big step in taking writing seriously and going back to my roots of processing things I’m going through and learning. I also learned more about building real relationships with fellow youth ministers. Its been mind-blowing to be a part of youth ministry communities and to even have this little blog mentioned on various ministry lists.
As much as 2012 has been a year of growth, there is so much more growing to do and I really didn’t grow as much as I wanted to. This year was full of failures and shortcomings. Relationships that I wish were closer, goals professionally I wish I could reach, closeness to God that needs to be greater.
I’m learning daily that I just need to let go of yesterday and look at today with fresh eyes. I’m thankful for areas of growth and experiences to learn from. Looking forward to the next 365 and moving forward.