As I reflect upon the past twelve months – as many people do at one year’s end and another’s beginning – I realize that 2011 has been a bit of a roller coaster. That’s no exaggeration. In December alone I completed two major final projects, attended my grandfather’s funeral, graduated from college, celebrated my twenty-second birthday, moved into my own apartment, and watched It’s a Wonderful Life for the first time ever. Yes, 2011 has been monumental.
God has dealt graciously with me this year; I’ve no doubt about that. A good portion of 2011 was not spent on my best side. From a self-seeking beginning, months spent more interested in what my new boyfriend could do for me and less what I could for him, to a turbulent middle, a summer that forced me to admit my shortcomings, to a break-neck end, and a holiday season that piled life-event upon life-event. In typical fashion it seems as if the only way to make sense of this past year is to make a top-ten list.
1) It’s not all about me.
2) It IS all about Christ.
3) Change is a reality.
4) Moving isn’t THAT bad.
5) Work hard now, play hard later.
6) Forgiveness can’t be given too quickly.
7) Growing requires some pruning.
8) Always check to make sure your oven is off.
9) Joy is different from happiness.
10) A year spent doing anything else other than glorifying our great God and Savior is no year worth spending at all.