Today is my 48th birthday.
I do not write this arrogantly, but I feel like I’ve achieved a reasonable level of mastery in my life and work. It has not come easily or without significant investment of time and personal resources. And it has not come without the help of a good many dear people for whom I am especially grateful. It may sound trite to say that I could not have done it without them, but it is nonetheless true.
To come to the place where I feel like I am doing a good job as a priest, husband, father, friend, is a great source of joy to me. But at the same time, in the past year I have become painfully aware of some new areas in my life and work that are…opportunities, shall we say... for growth. Some of these are challenges I have never faced before, others are transitions from a way of life that has worked to this point but which will not take me farther to where I really want to go.
Both involve learning new things and acting in new ways, gaining knowledge and skill as yet unpossessed. And frankly, that is tremendously exciting to me. It’s like an invitation to dive deep in the alluring waters of a pool, a source of fresh energy and enthusiasm.
So I am looking forward to the year to come and the possibilities it presents. As one so deeply blessed by the people with whom I am privileged to share life, I am glad for another year to return the favor.