Some Year End Thoughts

I am happy to see 2008 leave. This has not been a banner year for me. My year began with a trip to Knoxville to bury my mother, who passed away suddenly the morning of December 31, 2007. That event sort of set the tone for 2008 for me. Don’t get me wrong, I have some good memories throughout the year, but I’m not sad about it coming to an end. 2008 marked one of the worst economic environments I have seen in my lifetime. I have been in the transportation industry for nearly 14 years and have never seen business levels as low as they were this entire year. Of course the lack of business greatly affected me and many others. Wages were held and layoffs ensued (fortunately not for me…praise the Lord!). I don’t think there is anyone in business right now that is not looking forward to the end of 2008.

As 2008 draws to a close, I look forward to 2009 with great expectations for a better year. I’m not one to make New Year’s resolutions, however I do have some areas I want to change and improve in the coming year. So, instead of resolutions I decided to set some goals (physical, financial, spiritual and personal) for 2009. I’ll share some of them here.

  1. Physical: I need to lose some weight! I know that, and I have a target weight in mind. But, it goes deeper than that. My goal is to develop better eating and exercise habits that will lead to a healthier lifestyle, not only for 2009 but for a lifetime. I plan to participate in a fitness challenge at work as a starting point for achieving this goal.
  2. Financial: Thanks to a Bible study I participated in at work I have a new outlook on finances. My goal is to be a better steward of God’s money. It’s not mine. God has blessed me with so much, and I need to take care of what he has given me. By beginning to look at money as God’s and not mine, my hope is that my spending and giving habits will change in a positive way.
  3. Spiritual: This is the big one. If I can achieve my spiritual goals for 2009, I’m convinced the others will be accomplished. My goal is to take a huge step toward becoming what my pastor, Mark Marshall, refers to as a radical disciple of Jesus Christ. I am daily striving to become more obedient and strengthen my faith. I hope to grow more this coming year than I ever have. My first step is to once again read the Bible through in a year. Jacinda and Rachel have committed to do this with me, which will help hold me accountable and keep me on pace.

So, now I eagerly await midnight on New Year’s Eve when the ball drops on 2008 and ushers in 2009. I look forward, with hope and joy, to what the New Year will bring. I can’t wait to get stated working toward accomplishing my goals. I hope to post a 2009 year end summary telling everyone how well I did.


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