Reflection 015: Heading back northward

Today, as we all take one step closer toward 2019 (and I take one extra step on my suitcase so it’ll close), let me encourage you to hug the necks of those you love, to dare to do great things for Jesus this new year, and to, as Paul writes in Philippians 3, “press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called [us] heavenward in Christ Jesus.”

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Reflection 013: Joy of predictable movies

Thanks for reading. No, I didn’t originally intend for this post to lead to “dating tips,” but I guess that’s where we’ll close. However, I stand by my thought: there is joy in predictable (and I’ll add here “romantic”) movies. It’s probably unlikely that your life will mimic whatever unfolds on the screen, but I do believe there can be still learnings (or takeaways) from watching it, even if it’s just joy (or courage!).

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Reflection 012: Word(s) for the year

Then, (and I guess there’s more of a “step-by-step” than I realized) I start jointing down thoughts, which can be turned into goals for the new year. The “end result” of this is a “word for the year.”

I started doing this a few years ago because I’d heard a friend of mine speak on a young-professional panel, and he commented on how beneficial his version of this “exercise” had became during his twenty-something years. So, naturally, being the achiever that I am, I decided to try it for myself.

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Reflection 011

Now, I realize that I haven’t shared too many quantitative metrics. While I do have them for these goals and feel that goals are only as good as their attached “measurables,” these more qualitative thoughts shared above hit harder for me, at least right now. Why? Because I’m sitting in my parents’ kitchen, typing this and reflecting on how the Lord orchestrated it all. Sure, I may have written down these goals. However, I feel they were all informed by him, and they played out in ways that I never could have written up this time last year—again, it all points to him.

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