Time moves on. Hair gets thinner. Skin gathers wrinkles. Eyes don’t see as clearly as they once did. Aches sometimes appear for no reason.

It’s not all downhill. Wisdom grows. Life experience becomes richer. I’ve got so much to celebrate.

I’m the husband of the world’s most wonderful woman, the father of two thoroughly amazing children and a son of the God who put this incredible world together.

It’s been an amazing year with many highs and lows.

Since this day last year I’ve moved house, lost people close to me, met knew friends, strengthened existing friendships, smiled, laughed, cried and faced new challenges. I’ve continued to ponder life’s big issues as well as delighting in simple pleasures.

I’ve got it right on many occasions but on several others I’ve got it so very wrong. Both these situations have taught me lessons that I hope will move me forward.

I know that I have very likely already lived over half of my life which causes me to look back at what has been and what could have been while looking forward to the amazing opportunities that still wait ahead; assuming that I still have many good years left but knowing that each day is a gift.

As I begin a new year I’m grateful for family, friends, love, hope and the opportunity to make my life count. The next twelve months will bring new difficulties, some of which are already emerging, others will take me by surprise. This time next year I hope to have seen new blessings, some of which I can already see and others which will be thrilling surprises. All I really know is that I am in the hands of a creator to whom nothing will come as a surprise. He has already seen the road ahead and will prepare and equip me as I face each new turn.

This fabulous journey we call life continues.

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About the author

Rodney Olsen

Rodney is a husband, father, cyclist, blogger and podcaster from Perth Western Australia.

He previously worked in radio for about 25 years but these days he spends his time at Compassion Australia, working towards releasing children from poverty in Jesus' name.

The views he expresses here are his own.

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