A Day in the Life of a Pastor – New Year’s Eve

“No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.” I Corinthians 2:9

This verse is exactly what I needed heading into the new year. I have been on a writing sabbatical for the last few weeks. Thank you to all the kind people who asked where the posts have been lately. When I gave my answer, many smiled, and said, “Just don’t stop.” My answer was simple – I was mentally tired and I just didn’t have much to say.

2014 was the best year in so many areas of my life. I was able to see personal achievements, family growth and Grace Family Church blossom in salvations and maturity. It came with challenges as well. A good friend of ours committed suicide and my sister was diagnosed with a brain tumor. God’s grace was amazing through both situations and I am glad to say that my sister is doing really well in her recovery. My year ended with thirteen Christmas Eve services on the GFC campuses and I spoke at the last one. Tremendous year! One of the best ever!

As I prepare for 2015, this verse has been resounding through my mind and heart. I usually love to plan and goal set for the upcoming year. This year, I find myself asking a simple question. “What can I control?” In the past, my answer was “Everything!” Presently, I would say, “Whatever the Lord entrusts to me, I will do my best!”

This year I want to “live in the present” each day and watch God fulfill this scripture. Will there be challenges? You bet! I am excited to see what growth looks like when God is in control!

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