Fewer than twelve hours remain in 2013, and like many others I am reflecting on the last year. There have been years I couldn’t wait to see end. But 2013 wasn’t one of those years. Sure the past month was a rollercoaster and there was plenty of stress, disappointment and grief throughout the year. But looking back I see a lot of beauty too and I’m thankful for that. There are 2013 memories and moments I’ll treasure forever (like visiting California for the first time!).
I know it is only by God’s grace and His hand that I learned courage and patience this year. It is only by His blessing that I was encouraged and strengthened by my wonderful friends and was able to encourage them. It was God who provided me with opportunities to write about the persecuted church as well as this little blog, and Him who used me to tell people about Jesus Christ. I am so grateful to God for all of those things.
And it is because of Him, that I look forward to 2014.
Thank you all for reading, commenting, encouraging, and critiquing. But most of all, thank you for running the race with me. Let’s all take Paul’s words to heart and keep running.
“Brother and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:13-14.