Measuring 2009

So 2009 hasn’t been a great year. Almost everyone I know agrees with this sentiment. And it’s not just the economy. Sure a lot of people are out of work, and those of us that are still working are hurting more than usual. But that’s just one small part of it. There have been things happen in 2009 that I never would have believed. On every level myself and most people I know are leaving 2009 in much worse shape than when we started it. Physically, emotionally, financially, this has been a terrible year.

And if that was how I measured life, I’d be in very sad shape. As I look at this year though, I feel like it was a good year for the simple reason that I have grown stronger in Christ in the past 360ish days. Do the challenges we are facing get me down? Absolutely, but at the end of the day I live in the promise that this isn’t the end of the story. What we face now is nothing so long as we have Christ. Jesus is enough. It’s that hope that makes it possible to face these challenges without being totally overwhelmed.

We can use challenges and hard times to push closer to Christ, or to become bitter and pull away. I choose to push closer, because there is no hope in the second choice. But it is our choice to make.

I’m not sure what 2010 holds. Probably more challenges, but I know each one is an opportunity to strengthen my relationship with our King. He has willed everything that happened this year for His ultimate glory and my joy. That won’t change in 2010 which gives me hope.

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