A Nostalgic 4th of July

Howdy! This post has to be short because it’s 11:42 and I have to be at work in eight hours.  But I just wanted to write about how great my 4th of July was this year.  I hung out with a bunch of my friends at IPFW, threw the frisbee around, played mafia, worshiped Jesus, and just goofed off.  It was such a fun night.  This was in large part because of how much of a nostalgic night it was.

Something as glorious and beautiful as a fireworks show always makes me reminisce.  Exactly one year ago tonight, I was coming back home from a two-week trip to the Dominican Republic.  I remember watching fireworks shows across Florida as I flew over them in an airplane.  It was awesome.  And just thinking about where I was this time last year, and where I am today, I was very encouraged to look back on the past year and see how much things have changed.

It’s amazing what changes in a year.  If you would have told me what kind of year I was going to have as I was riding on that plane a year ago today, I would have told you you were crazy.  Only by the grace of God am I where I am today.  It is incredible how he works things out.  The joy of last summer, the discouraging grind of last fall, the bitterness of winter, and the uncertainty of spring all worked together to produce a Chris that loves God and appreciates his grace much more than I did this time last year.

I no longer take people or circumstances for granted like I did a year ago.  I am working so hard to love my neighbor as myself and preach the gospel not only through words but through actions.

I dunno, I just wanted to write shortly about how much has changed in the past year.  It has been a very heartbreaking year, yet a very joyful year.  Through the past year I have learned that sometimes, God has to break you in order to recreate you, when you have more than a little tweaking to do.  But know, that I have learned, he works out all things for the good of those who love him.  Persevere through the tough times, love when you think you can’t.  Show gratitude for grace and praise for peace.

Pursue Christ always.  Never take anyone or anything for granted, no matter how difficult the person or circumstance.