“Do not remember the former things, nor consider the things of old.
Behold, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth;
Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.”
Time is a funny thing. It seems the days wander by slowly, but the years disappear with only a quick glance back before we have to say goodbye. This year I asked our staff to take a moment to look toward the future. It is so easy for us all to be weighted down with troubles and cares and miss out on enjoying the wonder of all the possibilities God has set before us. Jesus has given us life and life abundantly. It’s up to us to live like it. As you reminisce on all this past year has brought, joy, sorrow, loss, restoration, love, I pray you will look toward the future in confidence of God’s provision and His love for adventure. He is always doing something new.
“This year I’d like to listen more. I want to listen for what my friends and family really need instead of being overly concerned with being heard. Secondly, I will make it a priority this year to spend more time listening to the Lord. Setting time aside to be still and practicing being quiet before Him. I want to embrace simplicity throughout my life.” -Bobby Bemis
“We just moved to a new neighborhood, and God has already been opening doors to share our faith with our neighbors! My prayer is that in 2015, God would use my wife, Chrissy, and I to lead someone on our street to Christ.” -Andrew Wooddell
“I am determined to stick to a set budget each month. I always intend to, but I have yet to be consistent for more than a few months. This is the year!” -Meghan Fitzpatrick
“I want to grow in being more giving to wife, Allysar, both financially and with my time. I’d also like to continuing pursuing vocal technique and get better at singing.” -Drew Eales
“This year I want to spend as much time with my family as possible. It’s easy to let that time get stolen away. I’d also love to win a mountain biking race in my division!” -Andrew Strickland
“Well, this year I’m getting married, so I can’t wait for that!! I’d also like to be more intentional with my friendships.” -Christine Matousek
“We’ve been hoping to have 25 songs written by the end of 2015, so my goal is to write more and spend time recording.” -Zach Reynolds
“I want to love God more. I feel like I let myself get in the way so many times and I want to purpose this year to always fix my eyes on Him and honor Him above everything else.” -Alex Ortiz
“This year my goals are to lose 30 pounds, learn to play jazz, and graduate with a BA in Worship Arts from CCU!” -Matt Rodriguez
“I want to be purposeful in 2015 to be “others centered.” I want to look for ways to serve others, whether it’s in my ministry here in Worship or outside of the church. My goal is to do more for people without them finding out it was me! :)” -Denise Shantz
"My goals are to write more songs and blogs, be intentional about having fun with friends and family, pray more and worry less.” -Nia Arnold
We hope these inspire you to pursue your own goals and live your own dreams. We serve a God who is capable of immeasurable more than we could ever ask, think or imagine (Ephesians 3:20). So this year, pray more, worry less, and trust God to move in your life just as He promises.
From all of us to you, may God bless you and keep you.
Happy New Year!