Yesterday, I mentioned that Michael Hyatt challenged readers to consider several questions about 2009. I figured I’d give the exercise a shot. I found the exercise to be really helpful and I’m glad to have done it.
So, for what it’s worth, here are my answers:
1. If the last year were a movie of your life, what would the genre be? Drama, romance, adventure, comedy, tragedy, or a combination?
This year’s been a combination of things. Some tragedy, lots of drama, a bit of comedy… but a lot of joy at the end of it all. We shared with our families this year that while it’s been a crazy one, we wouldn’t trade it for anything because of how much more aware we’ve become of God through our difficulties.
2. What were the two or three major themes that kept recurring? These can be single words or phrases. For me, they were:
- Humility (my need for and lack of)
- Patience (my need to grow in)
- Repentance (continuing to build a lifestyle of)
3. What did you accomplish this past year that you are the most proud of? These can be in any area of your life—spiritual, relational, vocational physical, etc. Be as specific as possible.
- Being a part of developing The Difference is Jesus.com and having the opportunity to craft gospel-centered communication for an organization I love.
- Starting this blog has allowed me to improve as a writer and find a channel for much of what’s rattling around my head
- Read through the entirety of the Bible
- Preached my first sermon
4. What do you feel you should have been acknowledged for but weren’t?
There’s a few things that come to mind, but the majority relate to my being prideful. A few are legitimate, but not appropriate to be shared publicly.
5. What disappointments or regrets did you experience this past year? As leaders, we naturally have high expectations of ourselves and others. Where did you let yourself down? Where did you let others down?
- Being too quick to speak and lacking grace in my language
- Inconsistency in prayer
6. What was missing from last year as you look back? Again, look at each major area of your life. Don’t focus now on having to do anything about it. For now, just list each item.
- Gentleness in speech when I would have been better served to speak gently
- More time in prayer individually and within groups about life and work
7. What were the major life-lessons you learned this past year? Boil this down to a few short, pithy statements.
- God is sometimes most obviously present in the midst of suffering
- God may have good things in store for us, but we might have to go through hell to get them
2009 is done. That chapter is closed.
On to the next one.