2018 brought big changes for my little life.

As per the many years gone by and the reviews that live in this dusty corner of the interwebs, I could list all the joys and challenges of the past 12 months. There have been many. I could also reflect on the specific goals I set 12 months ago and reveal how I kinda met some of them and others not at all. But in short, I’ve down my own reflection and goal setting in private – 15+ hours of driving allows you that space. If you’ve been running alongside me in life for a while you’ll know I find it a super helpful process to set vision for the year with realistic goals and tactics to set me off in the right direction. And so I’ve set some for 2019. Feel free to ask me about them.

But for now I bring you this brief reflection, something I’ve been pondering after spending a significant portion of money, time and energy ‘travelling’ this year:

Each month brought challenges that pushed me to reach for something more dependable than my own perceived strength. I’ve been reminded by the intricacy of the creator God and his vast love for the world and its people, including me. We can easily fill a life with global travels, slaving away at the 9-5, looking and planning for the next adventure.

Looking to 2019, I want to find more balance between exploring new places and actively participating in the place i call ‘home’. What gain is it to travel the world in pursuit of experiencing and understanding it, if we never stop to part of shaping it, losing sight of who we are in it?

Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.  For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it. What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul? For the Son of Man is going to come in his Father’s glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to what they have done. Truly I tell you, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.”

(Matthew 16:24-28)