For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. – Jeremiah 29:11
Today’s my birthday. I turned the big 30.
I am grateful that I made it to 30.
I originally had the dream that when I turned 30 I would do what Jesus did in Matthew 4. Fast for 40 days and go to the wilderness to spend quality time with God.
That’s not going to happen – not right now anyway.
My wife and I spent some time in a coffee shop the other day and she asked me what are 10 things that I am grateful for in 2012.
Here they are in no particular order:
- A steady job at Seoul International School – I was working three part time jobs before- getting into more debt.
- My family and extended family is healthy – Minus my both my grandmothers the rest of my family (includes baby in womb and current baby) is healthy, alive, and well.
- New memories with my wife and daughter – I stopped being an event/memorable type of person after I got married.
- Growth in my relationship with my wife – I started to feel distant and wanted do just grow on my own, but when you’re married – It doesn’t work that way.
- New and Rekindled Friendships – Fred, Victor, and Peter
- I’m still alive and 30 – I don’t know when God will call me to heaven. I genuinely want to live my life that will bring the most impact and glory for God on my time here on earth.
- Wife’s Growth – My wife is making an effort to grow in herself – learn to cook, learn to manage finances, to be a better mother, and more.
- Great Content and Fast Internet – Korea has super fast internet. I’m grateful to have found Michael Hyatt, Mark Driscoll in 2012. I was looking for someone with the four pillars of what I consider important – Faith, Family, Fitness, and Finances.
- Opportunity to Grow and Repent – I feel that I wasted 2012 without making any progress in my goals. I’m glad that I have chances to change and grow. I’m grateful that I wasn’t destroyed or anything terrible has happened to me.
- I am still faithful – Being is a Christian for real – has been the hardest and most rewarding. I’ve spiritually turned 12 a few weeks ago and still have a lot to learn and grow in. I’m grateful for God’s patience.
- Bonus – God is still faithful and wants to help me be faithful and prosperous.
If you get a chance please share with what one thing you are most grateful for in 2012.