In the very first post I made this year, I revealed that my focus for 2014 was going to be growth.
I realize I haven't been posting as often as I have in the last four years, but I think the silence has been helpful for me in achieving my goal of growth. I have come to realize that there are some things that are very special to me, and, for the most part, I want to keep these new interests and experiences to myself. In the interest of updating you at the halfway point of the year, I wanted to share a few ways in which I have embraced growth this year in the hope that it will encourage you to do the same.
- Starting in December 2013, I began scheduling my sermon topics several months in advance. I was skeptical of this practice at first, but I have found that it has been extremely helpful in allowing me to have more variety in my lessons and in helping me have a seed to start with each week.
- In January, I stepped out of my comfort zone and took an acting class in Memphis. The class was taught by a professional director and was very challenging in multiple ways. I was glad that I had the courage to take the class, and also that I had the courage to admit it wasn't something I wanted to pursue any further.
- Beginning on my birthday, I started a scheduled plan to read through the Bible in one year. I hope to complete this project by May 25, 2015.
- I have worked to expand my social interactions both in person and online. I am developing some new friendships and renewing several others.
All and all, the year of growth has been mixed. Some areas of life have improved while others have stayed the same or regressed. Still, on the whole, it has been a good first half to the year. I am looking forward to what's to come and to growing even more in the months and years ahead.