I got a new job.
I moved home.
I got a dog.
I've inherited a house.
... but a lot of those same old issues, those lack of priorites are still present.
God blessed me off the charts this year. My life has changed so much - I left home, to come home. Birmingham, without question, is my second home in this world. It was hard to leave my best friend, it was hard to leave my church, it was very hard to leave my job...but it all happened so fast that I had no question God's hand was in it.
Now I'm home, literally. I'm 30 years old and living with my mom... still out of suitcases in some circumstances, though I have been home for 8 months. My new job has opened my eyes to a lot of things, and a lot of different types of people. I came to live in the "bubble" that's so stereotypical of Samford, and that bubble burst quickly back in Hattiesburg. But I know I have grown a lot already in this job. My pool of influence is smaller... but I'm doing my best to let these kids know that I care, and that I truly am interested in their lives. They have influenced me and my perspectives on some social issues are developing.
Ive decided to not make a resolution this year... I never actually keep them, so why waste the time. Instead I am choosing a word to focus on this year... and that word is Restore.
1.to bring back into existence, use, or the like; reestablish: to restore order.
2.to bring back to a former, original, or normal condition, as a building, statue, or painting.
3.to bring back to a state of health, soundness, or vigor.
4.to put back to a former place, or to a former position, rank, etc.: to restore the king to his throne.
5.to give back; make return or restitution of (anything taken away or lost).
Why? Well - because I need to be restored... because I am going to be restoring a house, because restoration is comforting in so many ways. Over the last 8 months I have not done much more than work and come home. I need to spend more time restoring relationships and building new ones. I need to invest in myself by making some physical and mental restoration... and there is an 80 year old house to throw in as well... it needs a lot of restoration.
But then again... don't we all? In some way, shape, or form?
It's okay though y'all... because He takes care of this kind of thing... if we let Him.
Let's let Him do his thing in our lives this year. I know I won't regret it... 2013 was a big year for me... I can only imagine what will come next.