2018 In Review

What can I say about 2018? This is probably, by far, the weirdest year I have had yet. I began the year as a pastor of a church plant, wondering if it was headed anywhere. Within weeks, I saw some promise. We went through ups and downs, and God made it abundantly clear in September that I was no longer meant to be there. I immediately unplugged. Let’s jump back for now.

The month of May brought a special addition. Our little boy was born. He has brought so much joy.

The Summer was depressing. The church hit a slump, another church made a proposal, and I preached for the first time with someone interrupting me 5 minutes into the message and turning the power off. I have no words to describe the craziness of the situation.

The Fall provided some predictability. I always tend to get more weddings, funerals, and other preaching opportunities during the Fall. I enjoy that (not the funerals necessarily but the opportunity to minister to families).

Now, we are just days into the Winter. I am ready for 2019. I’m believing it will be a game changer. I don’t want the same old thing I’ve been experiencing. It’s time for change.

I have some goals I haven’t verbalized to anyone. Part of me wants to keep it between me and God and then say later, “Look what God did!” I think I’ll do that. Here’s to a forthcoming report of God turning things around for His glory.

16 thoughts on “2018 In Review

  1. He’s working. Take Heart! He’s working young preacher. Been following your post for quite awhile. Just hovering, I’ve recognized Him working in you through the things you’ve been going through by your posts. He has His hand on you in a definite and special way. Be patient, trust and keep obeying. I don’t know all things but I know what I recognize when I see it. Lord’s blessings to you and keep hanging tough!

  2. Congratulations on your son. My bet is that Christmas took on a whole new meaning and the gift of the Babe in the manger was more personal than before. A little one at Christmas is pure joy. Thanks, too, for the post. We can often get confused by the challenges and changes that confront us when we are trying to do God’s work, but I have found that almost all the time the work is His and He is doing marvelous things, even when it does not appear to be so on the surface. Don’t lose heart. Trust His plan and watch as it unfolds around you. Blessings to you in 2019.

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