Yes – I know it’s 2012 and everyone is more committed and disciplined than I because they’re all posting 12 things about 2012. Sorry. I’m really just now wrapping my brain around the new year!
Stick a fork in 2011 – it’s done. And thank the Lord!! Here are 11 things that I said (or thought loudly) in 2011 that I never dreamed would be passing through these hallowed lips.
11 – Preaching’s not so bad. (WHAT??!! I HATE PREACHING!)
10 – Isaac, do you have your license with you? (WHAT??!! I HAVE A 16 YEAR OLD SON!)
9 – Sure, I’ll be the pastor. (WHAT??!! SEE #11!)
8 – I can’t. I have a book deadline. (WHAT??!! I’M WRITING A BOOK – AND NOT JUST AS A HOBBY!)
7 – Timmy, come here and add this for me. (WHAT??!! HOW DID I PRODUCE A MATH GENIUS?)
6 – Just let it happen. (WHAT??!! I SHOULD BE IN CONTROL!)
5 – We’re life-changing radio – 91.7, KBNJ. (WHAT??!! I LOVE DJ-ING!)
4 – Praying for you, buddy. (WHAT??!! HOW MANY HURTING YOUTH WORKERS CAN THERE BE, LORD?)
3 – Max, will you make dinner tonight? (WHAT??!! HOW DOES MY 10 YEAR OLD COOK BETTER THAN ME?)
2 – Katie, you’ve had more blog views in one day than I’ve had…ever! (WHAT??!! SHE’S FREAKING AMAZING – THAT’S WHAT!)
1 – God is good. (Nope – I knew I’d say that….because He is, even when life is a struggle.)
It’s no massive secret that I have been counting down the days until I could plunge a long butcher knife deep into the beating heart of 2011. I hope I didn’t miss anything God had for me by looking so hard for the end. Tis true – I’m glad 2011 is over. But I am grateful for all that God has taught me this year. I’m humbled that He has tasked me with some things I never thought I could (or would) do. I’m looking forward to 2012 – and not because I want it to be ‘better’ than 2011 (even though I am not-so-secretly hoping it will be). I anticipate this new year because I believe 2011 was merely God’s preparation for things to come. And I embrace its arrival….