Ten of the Most Significant Experiences in My Life This Decade

I’ve had a super introspective day reflecting on the past 10 years of my life. From 20 to 30 there have been huge life events happen for me…I decided that it would be cool to write out a list of the 10 most significant experiences of the decade. And just for fun…I’ve found some pictures of me over the decade to go along with them. If it seems a bit narcissistic to put so many pictures of myself on my blog…forgive me. They helped me remember these seasons and I wish that I could have posted all of the pictures that I saw while looking for these!

1. Got Married in 2001

2. Birth of my daughter in 2006

3. Birth of my son in 2009

4. Began authentic personal development towards Christ-likeness in 2001

I could write more about this, but I don’t have any pictures for it!

5. Identity reformed and challenged in 2006

6. Crisis of Calling in 2007-2008

7. Sold nearly everything and moved to Europe in 2005

(day we arrived in Paris on March 1, 2005)

8. Began Life in Ministry in 2001

(This picture isn’t from 2001, but is the only picture I could find from when I worked at the Gathering)

9. Moved to Barcelona in 2009

10. Began to lean into my ownership of my role as a man/husband/father in 2008

I know I’m not saying that quite like I’d want to, but towards the end of our season in the US I felt God bring a change in my attitude towards how I viewed my role in our family….and I began the journey of what it truly meant to put my wife and kids before my own desires. Now that I write it out I’m wondering if it should be higher up the list!

Ok…so there’s the great stuff of the decade for me. I can’t believe how differently I’m starting this decade than I did the last. I can’t imagine having us much life-change in the next ten years as I have these past ten! My hope for the next 10 years is that I’ll continue to have a life that tells a story worth sharing. The plan is to live in such a way that I’ll easily be able to pick 10 things to share about in 2020! And maybe if I go to the Hair Club For Men or The Bosley Institute I’ll have as much hair in 2020 as I did in 2000!

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  1. Christine on January 2, 2010 at 12:56 am

    What a great reflection on the past ten years Justin. I personally love that most of those ten years were times I got to know you as a brother in Christ, a son-in-law, a father to two of my grandchildren, a pastor, a missionary (the same but different from a pastor) and an iron sharpener. What a journey this has been for you, and what an impact for the Kingdom you’ve made in all the lives you’ve touched along the way. I love your heart and I love you.

  2. Rogier on January 2, 2010 at 1:43 am

    Justin, thanks for a great post and good pics. It’s a privilege for me to have been allowed to watch your journey, and to some extent participate in it. I wish you all the wind beneath your wings you can manage. May your heart overflow with compassion for the people you can reach, your personality develop in humility and wisdom, your ministry skills in depth of insight and impact – and your family in love, fun and laughter!

  3. Justin on January 2, 2010 at 11:41 am

    Thanks so much for your kind words man….I hope and pray that the things you wrote out will become true of our lives! Thanks Ro!


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