What a crazy (and quick) year 2016 was. The last 365 days had its share of mountains, valleys, tears, victories, challenges, joys, mess, lessons.
I caught up with a couple of friends for dinner the other night and was asked if I’ve noticed change in people whenever I’ve come home - and instantly (as if I had already thought about it; the revelation came as a surprise) I say that, more so than anything, I realise how much I’ve changed since I’ve been gone.
It’s funny that whenever I’m around people and places that used to be familiar, they oddly don’t feel so familiar anymore. Isn’t that bizarre?
And then I remember St Therese’s words: “The world’s thy ship not thy home.”
Letter to Diognetus: ‘The Christians in the World’ →
“And yet there is something extraordinary about their lives. They live in their own countries as though they were only passing through … Any country can be their homeland, but for them their homeland, wherever it may be, is a foreign country.”
So onwards I venture into this new year with the best revelation: my heart is still being transformed!
And “seeing how God gets involved by involving us, making us part of his work, inviting us to welcome the future courageously and decisively,” 2017 will be a year of continuing to step out into the deep and a year of learning to be a good & better steward of the time, gifts, kindness & resources that I am blessed with. A year of decluttering, minimalising, prioritising and trusting in His plan & provision - all with my eyes set on Him and the faith that every test & trial through the fire brings me closer to the ultimate finish line.
Mary help of Christians and Queen of Peace & Good Voyage, pray for us!
Rom 12:12 →
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.