Preparing for the End of the Year

Brad Lominick (the Executive Director of Catalyst) posted the following Year End Review Questions on his blog a while ago.  We are gearing up for our annual new years recentering, so Wendy and I thought we would give them a shot together.

Year End Review Questions:

1. What are the 2-3 themes that personally defined 2009 for us? 

“Change” was a big one for us – new house, new job, new baby, new perspectives on life, new understanding of our faith…new, new, new.  Lots of change.

“Searching” was also huge.  We spent a big portion of 2009 waiting on God and searching for direction.  We searched for a job, a house, a school.  We did a ton of searching.

“Church” as well.  We spent a lot of time trying to figure out what it means to be the church in Baltimore. 

2. What people, books, accomplishments, or special moments created highlights in 2009?

The birth of Jude was unforgettable.  He has completed our family.

Leaving Streetlite was also unforgettable. 

Building the Core Principles with the Thingy was huge.  Hearing the other members’ favorite Jesus stories is something we will never forget.

We met a lot of people who had similar dreams – the Potlers, the Murphys, and the Doyles come to mind.

Working on City Neighbors Hamilton was also a defining experience.  It is exciting to be in on the ground floor of a powerful movement in Baltimore education.

As far as books, Wendy fell in love with Edward from the Twighlight series.  Alan Hirsch’s Forgotten Ways is still, a year later, rocking my mind.

3. Give yourself a grade from 1-10 in the following areas of focus for 2009: vocationally, spiritually, family, relationally, emotionally, financially, physically, recreationally.

Vocational – 9 – Figuring out what we want to do with our lives consumed us in 2009.  We took some major risks.

Spiritually – start of the year, 8 to 9.  With the birth of Jude we are probably down to a 6 or 7.  The summer was a real desert time for us.  It feels like a huge blank.

Family – 8 to 9 – We’ve been really focused on family this year.  It is hard not to be with four young kids.  They demand a lot of attention.

Relationally – this is probably where we lacked.  We will give it a 5.  We were average.  Hey, there was a lot going on this year.

Emotionally – 8…no wait, 4…oh no, a 10…hold on…no, a 1…  Year, we’ve been an emotional roller coaster.

Financially – 2 – We were just trying to survive. 

Physically – Jeff gives himself a 3…he made attempts but it was mostly a failure.  Wendy says a 4 or 5.  She focuses on the kids and forgets to take care of herself; but she tries.

Recreationally – 3 for focus…but we naturally enjoy life.  Every day is a party.

4. What am i working on that is BIG?

Well…we passionately obsessed with answering the question, “What does it mean to be the church?”  That question has consumed our lives.

5. As I move into 2010, is a majority of my energy being spent on things that drain me or things that energize me?

Definitely energizing us.  We hit a rough patch for about four months, but now we have found our grove.

6. How am I preparing for 10 years from now? 20 years from now?

To quote Billy Madison, “What’s she talking about?”  We just want a full night’s sleep.

7. What 2-3 things have I been putting off that I need to execute on before the end of the year?

Getting our health insurance squared away.  We been complete slackers.  I know that seems like a weird thing to put off.  In the words for Brian Regan, “I don’t need to see.  I’ll see tomorrow.”   Jeff also realized today that there were five big projects coming due in early January that he hadn’t really started yet….whoops.

In summary, we are really tired.  It has been a huge year.  We hope 2010 will have the same amount of spiritual excitement and challenge, but not near the stress.  We want to keep passion high but give the instability of life a chill pill.

Preparing for the End of the Year

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