This morning I am sitting in my sunroom, I guess that is what it is called, with my dog and a cup of coffee and it hit me. Today will mark 525,600 minutes since I have been the lead pastor at St. Peter’s of Ocean City. It is amazing to think about all that has happened in that time but I guess that is the point. Life is funny after all.
This year has stretched me and challenged me in so many ways. The year has brought sorrow, joy, and hope. I have been pushed to grow into a new way of leadership and it has been a blast. I have met incredible people who have done all they can to welcome Ginny and I into this wonderful community. I can’t wait to see what God has for us next.
See because that is the thing that I need to remember. Life is not about a calendar or a schedule instead it is about moments and seasons. It is the moments and seasons that I look back at and marvel over with Ginny. It is seasons of new routines and new places to explore. It is a season to cherish old friends and meet new ones. It is seasons of serving in the community and living into my identity as a Child of God.
I am feeling excited about what is coming because I truly have no idea what it will be. These last 525,600 minutes have helped me understand that reality. we may have a plan but it is very probable God has a bigger plan in mind. My travel itinerary for 2018 did not include Tijuana, San Diego, Boston, and Ocean City and yet that is what happened. My plan for 2018 didn’t include fishing on the bay, kayaking, paddle boarding, and getting a dog. Yet, this is the season that these things will be accomplished.
As 2017 started I definitely did not plan major life and career changes but God had other plans . I did not plan on the joys of leading worship on the boardwalk in the summer but God did. I did not plan on working with and being mentored by some fabulous leaders but 2018 was the season for that.
I am not sure what is next in this season but I know that God has got my back. I think the summer of 2018 may be the best yet. I know God is doing something amazing at St. Peter’s and I know God is doing great things in my family and my marriage and all I can say is ” let’s celebrate, remember the year, in the life of friends”.