Like I explained in my post “New Years Resolutions?“, I don’t really do New Years resolutions… not that there’s really anything wrong with that. But, it is good to occasionally take stock – to look back at what’s been happening in my life and to look ahead at what may be coming soon.
Obviously, I do not know what’s actually coming next – not even what’s coming tomorrow, much less next year. I can make plans, but God directs my steps – when I follow his lead.
So, I thought I would take this opportunity to think about some endings and beginnings from the previous year (2012) and the upcoming year (2013).
Endings: In 2012, my employment with Southeastern Seminary ended. I’d worked in their IT department as a web developer for 10 years, and I loved my time there. I especially loved the people who I worked with over those years.
Beginnings: At the end of 2012, I began a new job with a new company. But, the job will really kick off in 2013. I’m already enjoying the new job, and I’m especially excited that my title begins with the word “service.”
Endings: My PhD studies at Southeastern Seminary were scheduled to end in May 2012. However, because of my employment situation, they have graciously extended my deadline until December 2013. So, my PhD studies will end in 2013 – one way or another.
Beginnings: We met some great new people in 2012. God has already used some of these people in our lives. We look forward to not only getting to know these people better, but also meeting even more new people in 2013.
Endings: Even as we met new friends last year, other friends moved away. And we really miss them! Of course, this wasn’t the end of our relationship with them, but it is the end of spending as much time with them.
Of course, I know that God’s love and grace and guidance will neither begin nor end in 2013. He will be just as consistent as ever!
Are there any beginnings or endings that you’d like to share with us concerning 2012 or 2013?