So much happened in 2010, it’s simply impossible to mention everything. But here is something significant from each month, even though not every highlight is equally important:
January: 24 Season 8 premiered. It was the last season, people. While it turned out to be, in my opinion, an adequate season, 24 is still my favorite TV series ever.
February: Flew to Minneapolis at the beginning of the month for the Desiring God Pastors Conference. It was my first time to attend a Pastors Conference while actually being a pastor, and it was my first trip to Minnesota. It was a fantastic time!
March: Went to south Texas for Spring Break. It’s always great to see family and friends. When we returned to Santo, it had even snowed a little.
April: On the 18th, I told First Baptist Church of Santo that I was soon going to step down as their pastor. That was a hard service to preach and a sad announcement to make, but the Lord was good and sustained me through it.
May: At the beginning of the month, our church had another “Mission: Santo” outreach. With this outreach, we managed to finish the ongoing effort of visiting every street and every house in Santo with gospel resources and invitations to the church. I was very proud of our team for this accomplishment!
June: Started our last summer book study in the FBC Santo parsonage. The 2010 book was The End Times Made Simple by Samuel Waldron. A great way to end four years of summer book studies! We loved having people in our home during summer Mondays in order to talk about important theological topics.
July: Officiated the wedding of Matthew and Haley Price. It was a blessing that my first wedding was with such a fantastic couple! Yes, I was a little nervous, but I was far more excited. It was a joyful celebration for everyone involved.
August: After pastoring 4 years at FBC Santo, our family moved from Texas to Kentucky. It was very sad to leave our beloved church, but it was also a joy to follow the Lord’s guidance. He is good and has showered our family with mercies untold. I started the PhD program at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. As of this post, we’ve been in Louisville 5 months.
September: Hosted Joey Dodson while he was in Louisville to minister at a wedding ceremony. I’ve known him since my college days, and it’s always a joy to see him and get to talk about books, theology, and what makes the world go round. Come again soon, Joey!
October: Flew to south Texas during the Fall Break at Southern Seminary. This was a much needed vacation. We spent time in Edna and Houston, and at the end of the week we found out we were pregnant with baby#2. A great trip!
November: Rejoiced at the publication of my first book, The Gospel is for Christians. When I found out that the first copy would be mailed to me in Louisville, we had already made plans to be in Oklahoma. So I had the book specially mailed to Oklahoma so that I wouldn’t have to wait until returning to Louisville to hold it in my hands. It was definitely a week of Thanksgiving!
December: Looked forward to my parents arriving in Louisville on Christmas day. They flew in for a 10-day stint. Since I was between semesters, it was great to spend time hanging out, talking, watching movies, and leaving Jensen with them while Stacie and I remembered what it was like to sit through a meal at a restaurant without a two-year-old beside us.
I’m ready for 2011. Life is still short, no matter how many 24-hour days you get. Let’s make them count.