Well, we are over a week into the year 2014. As I look back at the last year on my blog, I realize that I did not post anything nearly as often as I had hoped to. One of my resolutions for this year is to be more regular at doing this. However, as you can see, I'm not off to a very good start as we are already 8 days into the year, and this is my first post.
A new year is always a good time to evaluate one's life. It is a time to look back at the past year and to look ahead at the year ahead.
Looking back, I ask myself, how have I changed this year? Am I growing in maturity as a Christian? Am I stronger, wiser, more committed than I was last year at this time? Is my relationship with God deeper than it was at the beginning of 2013? I am not sure that I have an objective answer to those questions, but I certainly hope so. As I look over the past year, I have seen God do some special things in my life and ministry. I have seen Him use me in ways that make me want to be more committed to Him and the work that He is doing in our church and community.
Looking ahead, I cannot help but wonder what lies ahead in this coming year. I know there will be changes in our family. Our daughter will be heading back overseas at the end of this month. Our son will be graduating from university in the spring and we do not know where he and his family will end up. Change is inevitable, but in all of it I hope and pray that I will also change for the better.
Perhaps this year will be the year the Lord will come back to take his children home in the Rapture. As we look at the world around us, we see so much violence and corruption, so much devastation from weather and nature, and we cannot help but look forward to the day when Christ will return and make everything right again.
Well, this has been a bit rambling, but as we move forward through 2014 I pray for all of you as well as myself the prayer of the Apostle Paul for the Ephesians, "...that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God." (Ephesians 3:16-19)
Gordon Rowland has been a Missionary-Pastor with Village Missions of Canada for over 35 years. Gordon and his wife Val have lived and served in Clive since 2001. They have four children and nine wonderful grandchildren.