I always look forward to New Year’s Day. The start of a new year (and a new decade) makes me smile. There’s promise in the air, opportunities that have yet to be written, a chance to start over in some ways. Life seems full of boundless possibilities.
I usually spend the first day of January looking over the past year. I’m tend not to dwell on the past too much, but I do like to remember accomplishments, significant milestones, and other events that seem to have meaning to me. Here’s a partial list from 2009 (in no particular order):
- Seeing my elder daughter make first band both semesters of her senior year (she’s now third chair in first band!!!) and get her letter jacket
- Seeing my younger daughter make the drum line in middle school and stay first chair for most of the first semester)
- Another full year of being employed by only one company (a major achievement for those who know me well…)
- Another year of singing with the choir at Community Bible Church (one of the true blessings in my life)
- Another year of working with Puresound, our church youth choir (fantastic kids with a powerful ministry)
- Business trips to Honolulu, San Diego, New York, Baltimore, and Las Vegas
- Visiting with Tim Eagerton while in San Diego (one of the few benefits of business travel is when your trip takes you to places where your friends live)
- Visiting with Bill Van Loo of chromedecay in the Ann Arbor area (Bill is a true Renaissance man and inspires me in so many ways. Thanks for the trip to the record store, Bill! Looking forward to my next trip up!!)
- Seeing Star Trek reimagined and brought to the big screen again by J. J. Abrams (sure, not momentous for you perhaps but a huge event for this closet Trekkie)
- Finally seeing my friend Gabe Gibitz’s CD “Spirit of Elijah” released! (Sorry it took so long, Gabe, but the end result was worth the wait for me! This next project should be even better!!)
- Opening our new office in San Antonio (a big improvement over the old place) in June
- Finally getting furniture for the new office (in December!)
- Making new friends and renewing old friendships with so many people
There’s so much more I could say, so many more things that happened that are worth talking about. But I’ll close this post with the following observation:
No matter how great or poor a particular year has been, I thank God for the rich life and abundant blessings that He continues to pour down on me. I am truly a broken man but made whole through Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross for me, a sacrifice that I will never be worthy of nor able to repay. It’s my wish for 2010 that I am able to share that salvation and redemption with others.
Goodbye 2009. Hello 2010! Nice to see you, and I’m looking forward to another full year!!