Well, 2012 is upon us.

We started the year off very differently today. Because today was Sunday there was no staying up until midnight, waking up with no alarm clock, and lounging in PJs all day while watching the Rose Parade. Instead we followed our normal Sunday routine of getting up early, enjoying a pancake breakfast and going to 9am service at our beloved Southeast Christian Church.

Interestingly, the sermon today included a first that I have heard from a pastor. There were a few quotes in there that made it clear that while the Southeast Christian Church enjoys its role as a spiritual shepherd guiding believers and encouraging growth, we are to ensure we don’t become dependent on Southeast as a church for our spiritual growth. We are to have a personal relationship with Jesus and grow ourselves. Southeast will be there for fellowship, praise, worship, and guidance but there might be a time where another church or someplace else will fulfill that role or we will be called and led elsewhere. I don’t think I’ve ever heard a pastor offer up other options outside of their own.

On a different topic, here is my oldest daughter’s Facebook status for today.

“Starting the new year right; sober and going to church.”

I am so proud of her!

Happy New Year and many blessings to you for 2012!

…..Dan at aslowerpace dot net