What I Learned This Year: 2006

I kind of talked about this last night at a New Year’s gathering, attended by a couple of the people who read this blog, so would it be redundant to post this? Nah. At least one person out there will receive this as new information. And that’s what I’m all about.

At the end of something, like a year or a job, I tend to look back and think about how it’s changed me. Yes, I am introspective. If I weren’t married, I’m sure I’d end up going insane with thinking about thinking. At least with Brian around I can get some perspective now and then instead of turning into a crazy cat lady.

On the spiritual side of things:

  • I became more aware that just as Jesus took on my sin without Himself becoming sinful, I take on His holiness without becoming holy in and of myself; it’s not what I do, but Who loves me.
  • I saw that there are Christians all over the world, and that the Body of Christ extends far beyond the walls of my own church.
  • I have more of an idea of God’s sovereignty and holiness.
  • I have an increased desire to share God’s love with the people around me, and I have more compassion/empathy/something when I see people hurting.

Regarding the more practical (although I do believe theology is very practical):

  • I learned that pounding a nail into a plaster wall can make a much bigger hole than you intended.
  • I figured out how to navigate iPod controls.
  • I discovered that if your paved driveway has thick weeds growing up through the cracks, it’ll be hard to shovel when the snow finally comes.

And in family life:

  • I found that I totally love teaching Gannon kindergarten, and that I’ll be homeschooling as much for myself as I will be for the children.
  • I decided that being in a neighborhood where everyone but you owns a dog is just as good as owning one yourself. Even better, perhaps.
  • I was taught the wisdom of never leaving Acadia alone with a writing implement.
  • I learned how to make really yummy cinnamon rolls.

How has 2006 changed your life? You can never get it back, and now you have 2007.

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