I went to bed on New Year’s Eve at 9:00. I heard no fireworks out here in the woods, but I assume the new year came in with a bang. So, happy new year and all that jazz…
I read a few predictions for the coming year and they were fun and interesting. I’m not good at that stuff so I am going to set down a few of my “wants” for 2018.
10. That I will hold in my hand a finished and printed copy of my book, “Field Notes on the Jesus Way.” And I want to make significant progress on my cowboy novel.
9. I want to hike from Kenosha Pass to my backdoor here on Mt. Princeton. And I want to bag a couple of fourteeners along the way. The wilderness calls my name. I love the sense of accomplishment and the simplicity of the trail. Not to mention the fascinating people you meet and become friends with.
8. I want to participate in 10 people coming to faith in Jesus and becoming an apprentice of his way of life.
7. I want to see Mountain Heights Baptist Church establish an aggressive out reach ministry to the early retiree’s that are moving to our valley.
6. I want to launch and lead two soul care retreats for ministry leaders with my dear friend Mike Atkinson. One in Breckenridge and one here in Buena Vista.
5. I want to help Cross Roads Church in Poncha Springs find her next pastor.
4. I want to read more poetry this year.
3. I want love and serve my wife in such a way that she thinks that I finally got religion and she feels deeply loved down to her bones.
2. I want to develop my Galilean accent so that with every laughter, conversation, prayer, lament, and sermon I utter will cause folks to wonder.
1. I want to live my life in such a way that my friends hunger and thirst for more of God.
I can’t predict if any of those things will come true, but I will arrange my life in such a way that they have the best possibility to occur, Lord willing.