Last night, my family and I went to a steak place in Mammoth for a good end of the year meal. (My daughter loves steak!). During the meal we talked about what was the most significant events and memories we had from 2007 and what we hoped for in 2008. For all of us, the memories surrounded family adventures, beautiful places, our church community and good times with friends. Beth and Ali spent Easter week with a family that has become dear new friends, we all had a great RV Adventure with some of our oldest friends, and we said goodbye to one of our closest family friends who moved to Texas.
Looking ahead, we agreed that as a family we wanted to keep spending time together having adventures in beautiful places (hence, we'll start the new year skiing!), serving Christ in our church and community, and deepening our friendships with each other (it's nice to have kids who are genuinely becoming friends) and those God has given us.
This morning, I awoke for my early morning new year's devotional and found that my old friend who moved away is going to be offering a daily devotional this year. And immediately my New Year's resolution came into being. I am going to spend every morning with my friend, Mark, through his Bible teaching.
Most of you are familiar with Mark D. Roberts' writing and our friendship. But Mark remains one of the best Bible teacher's I have ever had (which after two graduate degrees since his first Bible study with me, is sure saying something.) This morning, I went to Mark's new Daily Devotional at The High Calling and started the new year with Mark and Genesis.
Part of the great benefit of this Daily Devotional is that it is not written for pastor-types like me, but for "everyday Christians" who understand the "high calling" of their daily work. And if you sign up through High Calling, you can have it delivered to your inbox every morning.
In this new year, I wish you all adventure, beauty, friendship, community, family love and growth in the knowledge of Christ.
Happy New Year. Now to the slopes for me!