Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Covenential

Standing at the threshold of a new year and a new decade, I can't help but reflect a bit.

The journey thus far has most assuredly been a blessed one -- with health, with family, with a loving partner, with support networks (both personal and professional), with enough.  To be sure, there have been a few hiccups in the road, a few fractured relationships, a few decisions that seemed NOT to have "panned out" (to channel Rooster Cogburn).

Nonetheless, looking forward at this moment in the journey, I consider anew the things most in need of my attention.  After all, as I heard Amy Grant say in a recent concert, "I can see the finish line from here."

Focal points for my attention and effort:
- Relationships First - with the God of my understanding, with family, with my many valued friends and colleagues.
- Stewardship - thoughtfully care for that over which I have been given responsibility (e.g., health and wellbeing, relationships, natural/material resources).  
- Service - emulate, as best I can, the Christ model of serving others (LOVE being always the motivating catalyst).
- Learning - accelerate my learning across multiple fronts and share it with others.  When we stop learning, we start dying.

Not really resolutions.  Perhaps commitments.  No, Covenants seems a better word...

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