What a year! Things keep getting better and I don’t know how to contain myself. These are some of my favorite and life-changing moments.
To my wife Shannon, there was moment after moment but California takes them all. What a beautiful place. I won’t forget our first plane ride together or the moment we saw our first Redwoods. Thanks for showing me what it looks like to shepherd people and for being by side.
To Mom and Dad, thanks for listening to my rambles over the phone trying to figure life out. I wouldn’t be where I am today without you listening to me flesh things out. It resulted in much of what I’m able to be thankful about this year.
To Bryce, John, Adam, Erik, and Luke, getting to experience what discipleship is truly like with you guys has revolutionized my world. I’m hungry for more and don’t know how I could ever settle for anything less.
To the eldership team at Southland, ordination brought life into balance. It was a sweet, sweet win against the enemy and reaffirmed what God has been doing in my life and what he will continue doing in my life.
Chris Hahn, thanks for rocking my world with the question, “How do you know when to leave?” during the ordination interview. My leadership perspective is forever changed because of that one question. Thanks for the advice, “Go where God shows you favor.” It’s not only guided my life but many that I’ve interacted with throughout the year.
To Jacqueline and Brandon, celebrating and officiating your marriage was rewarding. In fact, your marriage was the final event in a line of many that caused me to pursue ordination. Thanks for that inspiration.
To the discipleship team at Southland, what I’ve learned from you has helped form a path that will guide the rest of my life. And to those that I’ve had the privilege of sitting down with and seeing how you do ministry, I’m forever grateful and eternally influenced.
To Jeremy, what an endurance race this year. There has been hit after hit, but how God continues to work 150 miles apart when we listen to his leading, well it’s unexplainable. “Keep praying for Pikeville”
To God, you are holy, holy holy, you are the Lord God Almighty, who was, and who is, and who is to come. Thanks for Jesus who came to dwell among us, thanks for your spirit who dwells within us. Thank you for these moments of 2011.