Well, I have not posted on here in a REALLY long time. As we start a new year, I wanted to reflect on 2015 and some goals and aspirations for 2016. This past year has been a really great year for the most part. In march of this past year, I passed my nursing boards and am now a licensed practical nurse. I spent all of 2014 in nursing school, and to be able to pass my boards this past year was definitely one of the great milestones of my life.
I started my first nursing job in May and work in a small family practice clinic in a poor neighborhood here in Memphis, TN. We treat a lot of patients that do not have health insurance and those that receive government aid. It is a great privilege to be a nurse and to serve the community. I wanted to be a nurse to serve Christ and to make a difference in this world. I am now able to do that and God has been using me in the lives of the patients that come in to our clinic.
Also, I have had great achievements in running this past year. Back in 2013, I attempted to start training to run but never finished my training. I suffered from terrible shin splints and ended up with a stress fracture. However, in January of 2015, I started a running class through my church. It was the Run for God 5k Challenge (www.runforgod.com).
The Run for God ministry/running club is such a great blessing! I worked on stretching properly and went to a local running shoe store and bought a pair of shoes designed specifically for my feet and my style of running. The result was that over time I was able to run without pain. I have come to love running so much! This past year I ran in a 4 mile race and six 5k’s! I ended up ending the year being a part of the St. Jude Marathon weekend in which I ran a 5k. It was such an amazing experience! One of my favorite parts was being able to run through the St. Jude Children’s hospital campus and seeing the children and their families cheer you on as you run by them.
Running has helped me to lose some weight and to feel healthier than I have since being in high school! The year 2015 was a pretty good year for me and my family.
In 2016, I have many goals and aspirations. I think it is important to have a plan and to set goals. This helps me to stay on track and have something to follow. One of my greatest priorities in 2016 is for me to grow deeper in my relationship with God. I am not always the best in spending time reading my bible but that is one thing I want to make a priority this year. Every blessing in my life has come from God and I want to pursue Jesus Christ and become more like Him everyday. Spending time with Him is how we learn about Christ and through the Holy Spirit begin to become more like Him. On that note, I also want to work on being a better husband and father. I believe that I do fine but I also know that I can do so much better. It is important for me to be the leader and example of Christ to my family that God has called me to be. I want my children to see what an authentic man of God looks like and what it means to be a follower of Christ.
Also, this year in the area of running, I want to continue to run and be more consistent in running weekly. Towards the end of this past year, my running had dropped off and I was only running once or twice a month. I want to get back to running 3 or 4 times a week consistently. I would like to focus on increasing my speed as well as increasing the distance that I run. The furthest I have run is four and a half miles. This year I would love to increase my distance and maybe even possibly run a half marathon before the end of this year. Running the St. Jude half marathon would be awesome! However, in order to do that, I will have to manage my time well because one of my last goals is to go back to school this year. I look forward to starting my journey to further my nursing education and pursue my RN degree this year. I actually start in a little over a week taking prerequisites towards my RN and will apply sometime in March or so for the RN program. I will be praying that I am able to get in and start my RN classes in the fall.
I am looking forward to all that God is going to do in my life this year and the life of my wife and children. I know that if I rely on Christ’s leading, no matter what happens, this year will be great.
“May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer”. ~Psalm 19:14