I spent this week with family and friends as we celebrated the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I also took time to review the past year and lay out my goals for the coming year. It’s a ritual I’ve been doing at year’s end for as long as I can remember, but this time was different.
I didn’t do as much goal planning as I did thanking God for his blessings. Several months into 2015, I saw obstacles. I planned to run for a judgeship. I may still be running depending on the gentlemen who filed for division 12 before Governor Brownback appointed me, but the path won’t be as tenuous or as costly now. Whichever happens–running or not being opposed for the division–I am in a much better position than before. That’s an awesome blessing, one I owe to God and Governor Brownback. I am thankful beyond measure.
The judgeship isn’t the only or even most important blessing. My family is happy and healthy. I am happy and healthy. Praise God!
So this year I spent most of my time praising God. I won’t be a judge who proseletyzes from the bench. That’s illegal–it’s considered a violation of the First Amendment Establishment Clause–however, I will give God the glory before and after I sit down in my courtroom. Our goals are meaningless if we don’t give the glory to the God who is the author of all things.
So I thank God for all he’s done for my family and me. As Proverbs 16:9 says, “in his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps.” Amen to that and have a Happy, prosperous new year.