This week I was humbled and overwhelmed with the incredible amount of birthday love. It was a great week spent with family and friends. I also spent some time reflecting on what a year it had been. In retrospect, this has been one of those defining years in my life, the type of year that I will never forget. Here are the top ten things I learned (or remembered), in no particular order:
- One day at a time is a mantra that will change your life, but only if you are courageous enough to surrender to it.
- There is nothing passive about being still; it is really an active response to letting God be in charge.
- If you don’t want to slip, avoid slippery places.
- If you lead with love, even the toughest conversations can remain conversations rather than divisions.
- Hebrews 13:6 – So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?”
- Little girls are more opinionated than little boys, and there is nothing cuter in the world than when she smiles at me and says, “I luv you daddy.”
- Accomplishing major life goals are a process of hard work, fervent prayer, and consistency.
- Prayer in marriage is like oxygen to the body, essential to life.
- My boys are a reflection of me: the good, the bad, and the scary.
- I have an amazing wife.
Growth is a constant process of reflection and change. Thirty-three was great, and I can’t wait to see what God has in store for thirty-four.
What lesson(s) have you learned this year? Have you taken the time to write them down?
Which lesson most resonates with you? Share your comments below!