2016 is upon me, and with a new year comes all sorts of excitement. Changes (one might call them resolutions) to better my future. Stability from sticking with what I know in some areas. Hope for what God is going to do in the new year.
As I’ve reflected on what 2015 looked like for me, I’m overwhelmed. God allowed me to start and finish my thesis. I had the pleasure of going on vacation with dear friends. I got to meet the babies of two of my best friends. I’ve already gotten to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens twice (once at 12:45am on opening day). And I got to start working here at the church.
I love working here, and being a part of CFC. From day one, everyone has been so encouraging.
I’ve said before that I didn’t think I would end up back here. I went to a mega church when I lived in Cincinnati. It was a wonderful church, and I was very connected with people my age for a small group, the worship team, the creative planning team for the weekend services, and other areas.
CFC is a small church. That’s one reason I didn’t think I’d be back.
God is using CFC in mighty ways, though. Small doesn’t matter to God.
2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.”
(I went to look up the reference for this verse on my bible app, and wouldn’t you know, it is the verse of the day as I write this. I love when God does things like that.)
This is such a great verse for the beginning of a new year. With Christ every day is new. I have new mercies shown me every day. I have another opportunity to serve God every day.
And every year.
The people on staff at CFC are so wonderful. I love getting to come to work. I actually love having meetings (don’t tell them I said that).
When I was in the throes of my project, I spent more time being stressed and tired than not. Everyone at work was so encouraging about it.
Not a week went by that I wasn’t asked by at least one staff member how my thesis was going. People were genuinely interested. Each time someone asked, and I was able to talk through my progress, God gave me a new fascination with and excitement for my topic and content, and a fresh dose of perseverance and perspective for the task at hand.
When I first came back to CFC, I often felt like a child, because so many people who call CFC home were here when I was a child.
At the Women’s Luncheon last spring, I was at a table of women I call Oldies But Goodies – not because they are old, but because they are part of the CFC of my childhood. One of the women asked me, “What is it like to be back here as an adult?” I started to give a very insightful answer about how I’ve grown up, become a whole different person, and enjoy being back as an adult. Before I knew it, though, the conversation had taken an unforeseen turn.
The women all started to tell stories about times they’d babysat me, changed my diaper, and watched me throw temper tantrums when I was a youngster.
“Well, now I don’t feel like an adult.”
I’ve thought about that conversation a lot. I giggle every time. But I also seriously reflect each time. I am the same girl they babysat. I still throw temper tantrums. I still need to be watched over. I still need someone to tell me to “get it together already” (not that any of the women ever said that to me).
That is why Christ makes me new every day. I need to be a new creation, because I can’t get it together on my own. Working at CFC and going here have helped remind me of that.
Every day is a new day. Every year is a new year. I am excited to see how God moves this year, and what He does in and through CFC.