Today is December
1st, and in our home that is a pretty significant day.
12 years ago today
we welcome our 2nd child, Hailey into the world and the world has never been
the same. Birthdays are a big deal in our home, which means we have lots of
great December 1st memories. Times Square in NYC, Magnificent Mile in Chicago,
the Great Wolf Lodge in Williamsburg, VA, and so many more.
December 1st was
also the day I defended my dissertation just down the street from where Hailey
was born. Eight years ago today I became “Dr J” and God has used my PhD from
Loyola University in some truly humbling ways.
December 1st was
also my first day as lead pastor of New Life Assembly of God. Four years ago
today our family began a new chapter as I walked into my office for the first
time. It has been four years of relying upon God each and every day, and each
day He has been faithful.
Yet, despite how
significant December 1st has been, I am kind of excited about December 2nd. You
see, in all of my years of ministry, or working anywhere for that matter, I
have never been at one place for more
than four years. In high school I worked at Market Basket until my 4th
anniversary, I then worked for Saturn until Jennifer and I went off to Bible
College two years later. Four years at Valley Forge meant four years working
for the college and at Sears. After one year at a church in Philadelphia, we
had four amazing years in East Brunswick, NJ before heading off to graduate
school. We served four years on staff in Annapolis, MD before being voted in as
the new lead pastors in Brandywine, MD.
We loved everyday of
our time serving in Brandywine, but yet God unexpectedly called us to Bowie
where we spent two short but eternally impactful years at Cornerstone Church.
And then, in December 1, 2015 I walked into my office for the first time at New
Tomorrow, when I
walk into my office, it will be the first time I have every walked into my
office after serving there (or anywhere) for four years.
So, I am excited for
December 2nd, but I am already looking forward to December 1, 2020. Lord
willing, we’ll be serving this great church and community December 1, 2040 and
beyond. Each year at this time as we sing happy birthday and watch our amazing
daughter grow up, inside I am also saying happy anniversary…and here’s to