Reflection

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I love Christmas and New Year's. I like the cooler weather (at least sometimes here in central Florida). I am grateful for quality time with family and friends. Great food. A clear focus upon the greatest gift of all.

Jesus Christ.

I have spent some time reflecting on this past year.

Life is short. Time seems to go faster each year.

We made a major move to a new church in 2012. Transitions have always been a part of my life growing up as a pastor's son. Transitions have a way of shaping you and giving perspective. I am grateful for the people I've grown to love in the past and now where I serve in Ocala. I am overwhelmed with the steadfast grace of Jesus in my life. As I reflect on my last 9 years of ministry, I have learned to follow closely to God's vision for our lives. Crystal clear vision. To see as many people become followers of Christ as I can in the short span of life on earth. I believe we are right where God wants us. I'm grateful for a staff and church that is fulfilling God's vision here in central Florida. We are praying for God's greater vision for 2013! We are beginning a new student ministry at our Villages campus. I am relying on God's wisdom as we move to a multi-site student ministry!

My son Micah is over 3 months old and growing every moment. It seems like just a few weeks ago we were in the doctor's office hearing the news! I remember the days of prayer, worry and uncertainty if we could have children. I remember Cassidy's courage as she went through a procedure. I remember people praying. I remember days after Micah's birth that we heard he had a hole in his heart. I remember crying with Cassidy on the drive home from Gainesville. I remember countless people praying. I remember hearing the doctor tell us that his heart is healing. I remember God showing us that with Him nothing is impossible.

I'm looking forward to what God will bring in 2013!

What have you reflected upon this past year?

What do you want God to do through your life this new year?