I had been working every day, leaving before the kids woke up and getting home after they were asleep, for weeks. My son who was 4 or 5 at the time was really missing me, which is probably why the sound of the door opening woke him up. He ran to me and said, “Can you play with me, daddy?” I tried to explain how busy work was, but he kept asking. This moment has burned itself into my memory because of his sagging shoulders, his face looking to the ground, his hushed voice and his words, “Ok, see you tomorrow morning.”
Once the New Year’s Eve service had ended I began tidying, locking doors, and turning off lights as quickly as I could. Michelle (pre-wife Michelle… actually, pre-fiancee Michelle) chose to spend the night with a group of her friends while I helped to lead the church service. I don’t remember that service, but I do remember how focused I was on seeing her later (another attempt to get her to notice that I existed). I didn’t have a car, so I walked for about 2 hours (note: it was all uphill, against the wind, in snow higher than my head, in complete darkness, while fighting off polar bears… you get the point) fighting the storm, and yet barely flinching because my heart was set on the prize before me.
Yes, I know 2017 has just begun. I also know that the choices we make right now are shaping not only 2017, but they’re preparing a future for us that we will be required to embrace (like it or not). In this episode we’re exploring Hebrews 6:4-12 and I’m going to encourage you to make three choices that will give you a solid 2017 and set you up for a great start for next year.