One Year Later. The narrative jump in pop culture artifacts that is often employed, like with the recent Battlestar Galactica series or the DC Comics crossover event. It can be exciting and intriguing as you try and fill in the gaps with your favorite story and/or characters as they are (usually) embodying a different life than before.

When I resigned and walked out of Christ Community Church for the last time as an employee, on September 1, 2017, I had no idea what the future would hold. However, I never would have imagined what did unfold.

Since I resigned, I have not written as much online. That was intentional. I was still writing, though. Over the past year, I have written over 475 pages of text that is comprised of over 315,000 words. I know where I am at in life, but since I haven’t posted much on the blog you are, and will be, getting the “one year later” jump.

Throughout 2018, I have been reading the Pentateuch. One of the themes that keeps coming up is “remember”. Remember what the Lord did for you. Take time to remember what the Lord has done. Set up stones to remember, and for future generations to know, how the Lord delivered you. Partake in worship to remember all the Lord has done for His people and the world.

It can be hard to remember in our day and age. Yes, we may document something on social media, but do we take time to process and ponder? Do we take time to be in the moment?

“We rush at great speed; and the faster we move the less human we become.”

-Dan Allender, Sabbath

This past year, Dan Allender’s book Sabbath has been an influential read. I don’t want to rush at great speed. What is really gained of a FOMO lifestyle if all you’ve done is document your life on Instagram? What good is being “high capacity” if it is all about the bottom line and people are discarded along the way?

“We have a sense of dignity, for we value people over efficiency. We have a sense of community, for we know that our life together is more important than the end product.”

-Richard Foster, Streams of Living Water

I want to remember what God has done. I need to remember what God has done. I want it to permeate every aspect of my life and soul. I need to take time to remember…so I don’t forget.

One thing my family does every week is take time to share things we are grateful for in our lives, our family, or in our culture that (usually) happened during the past week. I write them down, and over the years we’ve filled a few notepads and journals. As I’ve been praying about some specific things with my family’s future the past few weeks, God has pointed me to those weekly lists. “Take time to read your family’s gratefulness lists.” I have, and I’m reminded again of all He has done, is doing, and will do.

This is my favorite time of year, but it is easy to gloss over Thanksgiving. This November, I hope to write something every day that I’m grateful for in my life. I may be listening to Christmas music soon, but I want to make the time for thanksgiving.

Daily gratefulness posts to come, throughout November, here on the blog. And some glimpses of what has happened over the past year.

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