This week is the beginning of July (Thank You, Captain Obvious) and this means that we have all survived the first half of 2019. For some of us, this is quite the accomplishment—similar to surviving the zombie apocalypse. This post will serve as a review of the last 6 months and assist you in planning to finish strong for 2019.
When I look back at the beginning of 2019, I see God’s faithfulness. God gave me a theme back in January for the year and it was simply——“trust me”. As usual, I had no idea how the year would unfold but God did not disappoint. We took a long overdue vacation to Walt Disney World to begin the year. I was heavily involved in my internship for clinical pastoral education and was wondering about residency programs. And then there was the return to church ministry thing.
I felt an itch to return to church work a few years ago. I had preaching opportunities and I took all of them. It’s important to note that I did not like to do much public speaking in the past. I applied to churches with the confidence that I would be back in a church position by the end of the year. I eventually found the right church (or they found me?) and I’m now working for them.
As you process the last 6 months and plan for the remaining time of I’d like to challenge you to ponder the following:
What were you expecting for the first 6 months of 2019? Were your expectations realistic?
What are your goals for the rest of 2019? Have you given these to Jesus or are you relying on the self made man/woman that you are?
Working hard and playing hard are equally important. Did you do anything fun and out of the ordinary the last 6 months?
What was your theme for 2019? If you didn’t have one, ask Jesus to show you a theme for the rest of the year. Involve someone you trust in holding you accountable to praying and processing your theme.
Many blessings to you as we embark on the second half of 2019.