IMAG0444Another year has passed and I find myself sitting here humbled and amazed at the blessings and mercy that God continues to bestow upon me and my family. 2014 was certainly a year of trials, growth, and refinement. It was a year that caused me to reflect that without God, it would be impossible to persevere through the things that came against us. My relationship with my wife and kids has never been stronger, my total reliance on God has never been more complete, and my assurance in His promises has never been more resolute.

As I look forward to 2015, it is probably the first year where I have no big goals to achieve or desires to fulfill. Instead, I am taking one day at a time, and with God’s grace, it will be a year that draws me closer to the center of His will and further away from the things that I wrongly think are important. C.S. Lewis wrote, “There are two kinds of people: those who say to God, ‘Thy will be done,’ and those to whom God says, ‘All right, then, have it your way.’” I’ve had it my way for way too long and that wasn’t heading to a good place. So I’m going to go with God’s plan from now on. He is, after all, able to see further down the road than I can.

I pray that I will be disciplined in my daily devotion and bible study, more generous in my prayers, and more loving in my daily interactions. Bottom line…more Jesus, less me.

I wish you all a very Happy New Year, and pray that God will bless you abundantly in 2015.