I guess this is further evidence that I’m getting old, but most of the lessons I learned in 2016 were lessons I learned earlier in life. In other words, things haven’t changed that much from my childhood: I need repetition for learning to stand any chance of sinking in. So, with that in mind, here are 16 things I learned (or re-learned) in 2016:
- The only time I ever hear from God is when I listen.
- You can never have too many grandchildren.
- “Trust God and do the next thing” (Oswald Chambers) never goes out of style.
- Gratitude drives attitude.
- Fake news is a real thing, and not just in The New York Times and Washington Post.
- There’s a reason the song says, “I surrender all” not “I surrender some.”
- God created squirrels to teach me humility and patience.
- Hope is a good thing … as long as my hope is in the right thing.
- Jesus had “grit.”
- Without faith, it is impossible to please God. Not challenging or difficult. Impossible.
- Doing little things to help others makes a big difference.
- My calling as a “follower” should significantly shape me as a “leader.”
- Our nation seems more flawed than ever and yet there’s still no better place on Earth to live.
- There’s no word in a cat ‘s vocabulary for “no.”
- I often resist giving to/sacrificing for others, but I never regret it.
- The worst day with my wife is better than my best day without her.