“My my my how time does fly.” It sure does. It feels like it was just yesterday my wife and I were back from our honeymoon and excitedly putting our new home into order. And here we are again – the new year has come and gone. Its almost scary how fast it has gone. And yet, as I look back through this past year I am amazed at how much has changed and how far I am from where I was a year ago. 

This past year or so has been a year of treading into uncharted waters for me. First time getting my own home. First time being a husband. First time truly graduating. First time getting a real job and starting up my nursing career. The list can go on and on. But really, the most important thing about this past year is not all the great events, but the lessons that I walk away with having faced it.

I want to know Christ more

Perhaps the most powerful take away from the past year is my deeper-than-ever conviction of the goodness of God and the richness of life of following Christ. It has been so deeply refreshing to finish school and plunge my inner life back into the things that are most important to me. As a result, I come back to the basic conclusion that we came to in a youth Bible study of the book of Ephesians years ago – the new life that the gospel offers is packed with meaning and richness that exceeds anything that most christians understand. As I observe the impact of the Bible in my life day in and day out, I am all the more excited to face every new day, with its blessings and challenges.

I want to learn

In relation to above point, the second major change is a renewed huger to learn and grow. As I see the speed of time and life I want to make the most of every step and get as far as I can in life. Every bite I get to take out of life, I want to make bigger than the last. The world is too big and life too beautiful to sit back and let it all go by. More than ever before I want to read, learn, listen and ask. I want to build my life based on a perspective that is humble and wise. I know that I don’t know that much, and yet I want to be connected to the sources of life and truth which will provide me with the right answers as I face the various challenges of life.

I want to make a difference

Steve Jobs once said, “If you understand the simple fact that everything that we see in the world was created by people no smarter you, it will change your life forever.” This is powerful stuff. They are all just people, and you can do better! However, I would add to this that everything we see is created and empowered by a great God who loves me and is at work in me. Therefore, if I am in the center of his plan for me and submerging my life into the things that he is doing in me, there is none who can stop or slow it down. If my perspective on life is fueled by his perspective on life then he will use it to make an impact that will last. Any simple person in his hands is used in ways that are eternally significant. I want to be that person in whatever situation he places me in.

I know that there is a lot that I have yet to learn in life, but I truly don’t understand how some can be bored or worn out with life. This year I want to invest myself wholly into the things that I see important, and I want to do so in a way that will increase by momentum rather than slow it down. Every day I am more and more thankful to God for his mercies in every step. It is all a gift, as is the ability to see it from the right perspective. I can’t wait to grow in that perspective, as well as my ability to take the right steps.

What about you? What are your take aways from 2013?