Thursday, December 31, 2015

New Year of Good Living

2015 has been a heck of a year. Our family has grown together. Jobs have been good. Kids are doing well. Our new church building is almost complete. We've had a killer December for snow. I biked a respectable 2600 miles. We've been snowshoeing or cross country skiing every day this week. We had no major car issues or home repairs. We went camping every 2nd or 3rd week this summer.

It's a lot to be grateful for. A whole lot to be grateful for.

We've seen and been affected by heartache in our friends and family and it's our privilege to walk alongside those who are hurting. And we are grateful for the healing that God is cultivating in their hearts.

But for us it's been a beautifully unremarkable year. A year when we've hunkered down and enjoyed the blessing of time together as a family.

It is a remarkable thing to realize that we are our favorite people to be with. The very idea makes me grin from ear to ear.

We're not into New Year's resolutions around here. But this morning I was reading in Philippians and found a fantastic theme verse for 2016:
Provide people with a glimpse of good living and of the living God.
I like it. I think that if we can live 2016 with a generosity of spirit and an infectious love for this precious life that provides everyone around us a glimpse of good living and of the living God, we'll have done a-ok in this new year.

Cheers to new beginnings, steadfast love, and new mercies every morning.

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