Julie and I had quite the experiences this year. On New Year’s Eve, we answered 38 questions encompassing a wide variety of these experiences. Below you’ll find some highlights.
What did you want and get?
Logos 4 Silver edition – over 900 electronic books to take with me to Spain and help as I reference commentaries for teaching.
What kept you sane?
This year God stretched my faith through support development. We would hit plateaus in our support percentage, and the natural tendency was to question our abilities as partnership developers, to question stewardship of our time, even occasionally to question whether God was redirecting us.
Part of me wishes I could testify to some thunderous work of God through an enormous donation. But by and large God has chosen to bring in a fourth of a percentage point at a time–over long periods of time.
Through it all, he uses his Word to sustain me. 1 Cor 15:58 has been a big encouragement (“Finally, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain.”); so has the book of Ruth (She didn’t experience any supernatural manifestation of God’s presence but was faithful to plod). God also used his word through the simple exhortations of my friends.
I am thankful that as God lengthened this process he has taught me to plod. God brought support, and by his grace, we are now at 90 percent. More importantly, we can thank him for teaching us faith at work through plodding.
Who do you miss?
I really miss face to face time with my friends Beau, Stephen, and Eric. When I was in Dallas, we would have lunch together almost weekly and encourage each other to love our wives and fight sin.
Quote a song lyric that sums up your year?
Though not a fan, nothing sums up our life this year quite like Willie Nelson’s words, “on the road again, just can’t wait to get on the road again.”
What dates from 2009 will remain etched upon your memory and why?
1/10 was our 5th anniversary; 8/28 was my last day at Texas Capital Bank; 8/30 We left Texas 😦 ; 11/14 I turned 30; 11/30 We moved into our temporary, current home in Illinois.
What did you get really, really, really excited about in 2009?
Easy question – financial partnerships.
Who was the best new person you met?
We met a lot of wonderful people this year, and some that stick out to us are our new friends in Chattanooga, Tennessee. We spent 5 days there in September and had a great time talking about Spain and life and playing Speed Scrabble late into the night.
Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2009.
Success is obedience to God.