2014 Year in Review

This year of 2014 is coming to the end.  2014 was in some ways a better year than 2013 but still a long ways to go to getting back to what I would consider a good year.  But on the bright side, there were improvements.  I hope that your year was good.  If it wasn’t, I can relate and hope that 2015 is better for you.  As is tradition, I liked to look back and review the year.  Here is the year in review starting with the final book list of books I’ve read this year (which overtook last year as the fewest amount of books I’ve read since I started keeping count in 2005).

Final reading list for 2014:

Fantasy Life:  The Outrageous, Uplifting, and Heartbreaking World of Fantasy Sports From the Guy Who’s Lived It by Matthew Berry

Before You Make Your Own:  50 Video Games Future Developers Need to Play by Bradley Metrock

Saving Mr. Banks The Official Multi-touch Book

Walking with God through Pain and Suffering by Timothy Keller

Console Wars:  Sega, Nintendo and the Battle That Defined a Generation by Blake J. Harris

Star Wars:  A New Dawn by John Jackson Miller

Adventures in Churchland:  Finding Jesus in the Mess of Organized Religion by Dan Kimball

This is the 10th year of keeping track of books I’ve read. Here’s the number breakdown:

2005: 19

2006: 20

2007: 18

2008: 22

2009: 29

2010: 24

2011: 15

2012: 14

2013: 9

2014: 7

2014 Year in Review

Highlight of each month: There wasn’t much to highlight from each month.  I will say the highlights were the following:  road trip to Illinois to visit my friends Kyle and Emily, board game night with friends, the joy of writing for this blog & being able to help my home church (the church I grew up in) out in this time of transition

Five things that 2014 taught me:

1) Appreciate the gifts that God has given, especially when it seems few and far between

2) Grieve with those who are grieving and be willing to share your grief with others

3) Hope is a very precious commodity

4) I’m still a long way away from being patient (carried over from last year)

5) There are people that do care about you even when you don’t care about yourself

*Five personally significant events of 2014:  (well really just two again, hopefully more next year)

1) I celebrated the 1 year anniversary of this blog

2) Had opportunity to preach several times at my home church

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Ten things I want to do in 2015 (in no particular order):

1) Continue to grow in my walk with the Lord

2) Find a full time job involving campus/college ministry (hopefully)

3) Hopefully find and be in a relationship with a girl that is honoring God

4) Continue to pray for my friends around the world

5) Be content with where and what God has in front of me

6) Find time for recreational reading

7) Travel to see friends

8) Be an encouragement to those around me

9) Learn as much as I can from the experiences I have

10) Smile every day

Five things I don’t want to do in 2015:

1) Grow weary in doing good

2) Feel like I’m all alone in what I’m doing

3) Forget where God has brought me and where he’s taking me

4) Hurt people and lose friendships because of my actions

5) Grow angry and bitter at my circumstances

Five things I love beyond all reason currently:

1) God

2) My family and friends

3) Opportunities for the future

4) Reading

5) Writing

Five things I hate with good reason currently:

1) My sinful nature

2) Frustration about circumstances beyond my control

3) Being lonely

4) Being hurt

5) Bad attitudes

I hope that 2015 be a better year than 2014.  That is my prayer for me and for you.

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