I'm grateful for all I have learned and all the opportunities for service that have been given to me over the past 12 months.
But I am even more excited about all the opportunities that lie ahead for next year and that is with the understanding that I might never see 2016. I've had life change on a dime too many times to have any illusions about any tomorrow.
But so far, God has been opening some interesting doors and stirring some interesting ideas in my head. Now if I can just keep practicing this weakly developed but much needed skill: being willing to step out in faith without taking over the wheel. I ask for prayers and expect to need them as long as I have breath.
Because I believe that one of the most essential elements of my live as I seek to follow Christ is to accept that I will never fully "get it", but will always be working on "getting it clearer, deeper, with greater trust". My God does not change, but my God does demand, support, and call me to change every day, seeking to trim the times I drift off to the the left or to the right and reducing the time it takes for me to realize I've lost focus.
Fortunately, He never leaves me to my own limited abilities, but pours out wisdom, growth, forgiveness, hope, peace, purpose and love in full to the capacity I have to that point, then nudges me forward to be able to expand to enjoy even more.