Has it been three years already? Yep, three years ago today, I started my new job at Truth For The World, in a new state and hundreds of miles away from home. The week before that I spent in Texas packing my earthly belongings into the back of my pickup, and the weeks before that I was busy taking finals, graduating, and taking a road trip clear across Texas with my parents and friend. Sometimes I feel like I haven’t slowed down since!
A lot has happened in the past three years. There have been both victories and disappointments. Times when I felt very stressed out, and times when I have been at peace. Friends have been lost, and friends gained. It’s been a time of growth, and although I haven’t accomplished everything my ambitious and naïve mind had planned before I started life on my own, all in all it’s been good.
At work, I built a new website from the ground up, as well as online radio and TV channels. I got my own place for the first time, and have enjoyed being hospitable. I taught 21 new hymns to the Duluth church. I baptized someone for the first time. I’ve had more opportunities to preach and teach Bible classes than I would have ever imagined. I preached in the Nahuatl language for the first time. I’ve reached the point where I can have a conversation in Korean. And perhaps most remarkably, I’ve survived for three years cooking and feeding myself!
Of course, things I accomplish matter little apart from God who has strengthened me, and the wonderful friends I have made. I still have a long way to go to being who I need to be, but I’m so thankful for everyone who is a part of my life now, who keeps encouraging me and helping me along.
God only knows what the next few years hold, but I pray that I will allow Him to use me for His purposes and glory!