2010 in Review

Goodbye 2010. Hello 2011.

In 2010, I adjusted to life in America after coming home from Africa in late 2009. The year started out pretty good for me: I got married to my best friend Carly on January 16. Over the next 12 months, I worked three different jobs. My wife and I lived in three different residences. We became members at our church and it became home to us. We completed Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University…twice.  (Therefore, we paid off thousands of dollars of student debt and paid off our car loan.) I read through the entire Bible. I started raising financial support to work at my church as a pastoral intern.

The list could go on, but I’ll stop for now. The common thread with 2010, as with every other year of my life, was God’s faithfulness and grace. His presence was clear, his comfort was gentle, his grace was sweet, and his rebuke was heavy. More often than not, the many species of pride in my life — self-pity, anger, bitterness, defensiveness, envy — clouded my view of these glorious things.

Happy New Year, friend. And it will be a happy new year, if you have God in your life. I think a recent Tweet by John Piper is appropriate:

God promises new troubles (Mat. 6:34), new mercies (Lam 3:23), and new hope (2 Cor 4:16) for every day this year.

The troubles will only make sense, and the mercies and hope will only be fulfilling, if Jesus is at the center of your 2011. I pray he is.

(If you want to see some stats from 2010 for this blog, click on the link below.)

Life Theology

Confessions of an Average Blogger

I have a love-hate relationship with blogging.  Right now, I hate it. Lately, I don’t want to read blogs or write them.  In a word, blogging has been a chore.  The whole process makes me frustrated.  Maybe it’s “writer’s block.”  Maybe it’s the winter blues.  Maybe it’s something else.  I don’t know.

Whatever the case, I feel like in the “theo blogosphere” there’s always pressure to write something insightful, challenging, and inspirational weekly, or even daily.  Like I have to stay on par with the other Christian blogs.  It’s the 21st century Christian way of keeping up with the Joneses.  I get sucked into it.  People comment on the blog.  My stats are up.  I get linked on other sites.  I’m on the “Top 100” blogs list for the day.  My head gets a little puffed up and it’s hard to keep it up long enough to write a short post.

I don’t want to be like that.  And I’m sorry when I am.  I want to write because I love it, because it refreshes me, and because it’s a blessing from God.  I write much more in journals, notebooks, and in the corners of my mind that only God will see than what goes on this blog.  Those don’t have big stats or comments from readers.  They aren’t visible or accessible to anyone.  It’s just raw, honest, straightforward words.

I want this place to be like that too.