2016 Year In Review

This year of 2016 is drawing to a close.  I know it’s really easy to pick on 2016 and say how horrible it was.  I will say it has been a tough year, one of the toughest but hopefully it has been a learning and growing experience.  I hope that your year was good.  If it wasn’t, I hope that 2017 is better for you.  As is tradition for me, 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 (one less than last year, there is one book that I’m reading now that will carry over to 2017 list).

Final reading list for 2016:

Film, Faith and Philosophy:  Big Ideas on the Big Screen edited by R. Douglas Geivett and James S. Spiegel

Star Wars:  The Force Awakens by Alan Dean Foster

Reel Spirituality: Theology and Film in Dialogue by Robert K. Johnston

It:  How Churches and Leaders Can Get It and Keep It by Craig Groeschel

Called to Coach:  Reflections on Life, Faith and Football by Bobby Bowden with Mark Schlabach

Boring:  Finding an Extraordinary God in an Ordinary Life by Michael Kelley

Arise by Clayton and Ellen Kershaw

Soul Revolution by John Burke

Auschwitz:  A New History by Laurence Rees

Dug Down Deep by Joshua Harris

College Ministry from Scratch: A Practical Guide to Start and Sustain a Successful College Ministry by Chuck Bomar

Streams in the Desert by L.B. Cowman edited by Jim Reimann

This is the 12th 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

2015: 13

2016: 12

2016 Year in Review

Highlights of the year: The highlights were the following:  Board game nights with friends, Opportunities to preach, the joy of writing for this blog

Five things that 2016 taught me:

1) Words matter both what is said to you and what you say to others

2) A little kindness can go a long way

3) It is okay to say things are not okay

4) Keep plugging away and keep persevering

5) Reflection is important for perspective

*Five personally significant events of 2016:  (Well this year it was three again)

1) I celebrated the 3 year anniversary of this blog

2) Had opportunity to preach several times

3) Got to spend quality time with friends

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Ten things I want to do in 2017 (in no particular order):

1) Continue to grow in my walk with the Lord

2) Find a full time job in ministry

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) Show grace and mercy to everyone around 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 2017:

1) Grow weary in doing good

2) Not appreciate the blessings God has provided for me

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 2017 will be a better year than 2016.  That is my prayer for me and for you.

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