Facebook has a “year in review” function that I didn’t care for, primarily because it seems to heavily favor photographs over all other content. Yes, there were some fun things I did in 2014 that were photographed, but there were far more important milestones that weren’t. Some private, some public. There was spiritual growth, friendships that deepened and moments of courage and strength Facebook knew nothing about. There were also sins, struggles and disappointments because if we’re honest, life is hard — no matter how much social media makes it seem picture perfect.
So I thought back on the past year and came up with my own list of 10 highlights suitable for sharing publicly. There were plenty of moments and memories I’ll hold on to privately.
1. I saw new places: I visited two new countries, Iceland and France, and one new state, Minnesota.
2. I set a new personal record for longest bike ride with a 28.9 mile ride. That was made possible thanks to the encouragement of the awesome friend I was riding with and the fact that quitting simply wasn’t an option.
3. I attended the D-Day ceremony at Normandy American Cemetery in France
4. I heard John MacArthur teach in person for the first time.
5. I had a small world moment with a Frenchmen in Paris when I found out he had actually been to my teeny, tiny hometown.
6. My dad and I toured a submarine together.
7. I fell more in love with the Lord and the scriptures and more in awe of his grace.
8. I went horseback riding for the first time.
9. I sharpened my reporting skills and improved my blogging at Steak and a Bible.
10. I ended the year in better shape than I started it and managed to keep off the weight I’d lost in the past two years.
In many ways 2014 was a great year. I’m looking forward to what 2015 will bring.
Happy New Year everyone.