Separation anxiety from Christmas has settled in, however, when my favorite holiday passes it’s usually a pristine time for me to sit back and reflect on the year as it nears the end. But with the end of 2016 comes the beginning of a new year, a fresh start.
I truly think I had the best Christmas I’ve ever had in my life. And that credit goes to my fiance, friends, and family. There aren’t enough words to describe how special those said people are to me and as individuals. They’re truly unbelievable and God-given.
Morgan knows me better than anyone and she proved that in 2016. I think I did quite well as a man haha. But I’ll let her tell y’all that. Morgan, I love you more than anyone and anything ever and I’m pumped for 2017 and what’s to come for us.
Reflection. This past year has been a crazy one. I know when it comes to Hollywood it’s been horrid. On this end, it was tremendous. I got engaged, met and fell in love with her family, found Crossfit, witnessed my hero get inducted into the baseball Hall of Fame, had a lot of firsts, and had a great summer with baseball.
There were a couple down moments as well. Relationship struggles, heat with family and friends, and stopping a podcast I’ve had for a few years. I would love to do the podcast thing again at some point as I know I’m better than most of what is out there. I just don’t feel like spending the money for all of the resources. I’d rather donate that to my church family or save for a home and children. You know, priorities.
2016 also brought forth REVO Youth Ministry. Kingsway Church in Cherry Hill are my family. They have brought me closer to God more than anyone. I was baptized last summer and it was awesome. It was an eye opening event for me and I haven’t looked back. I’m excited for 2017 and what God has in store for Kingsway and I’m very blessed and honored to be part of the staff there.
Now, looking ahead to 2017. I’m not one for resolutions because they’re gimmicks. Be strong and just ‘do things.’ Don’t rely on an overused slogan to better yourself.
Set goals. I have goals for myself. Let’s roll them off.
1- Be a better man of faith. I want to be better for God. I want to prove myself to not only Christ but my Fiancé that I can and will be the Pastor, Provider, and Protector of our home. Big changes need to be made and they will be. That goes for everything.
2- Crossfit needs to become a huge priority in my life. Not that it isn’t already but I need to excel to higher heights and dedicated myself to that lifestyle. When it comes to competition I have an addictive personality, good or bad it’s who I am. Some may say it’s being a sore loser, I don’t care what you call it that’s your prerogative. I love Crossfit. I absolutely love it. It’s pushed me further than I thought I could go and I need more. There’s a lot I want to accomplish and I’m praying heavy that God allows me to continue to push myself mentally and physically. And I’m grateful Morgan is fully supporting this passion of mine.
3- To be a better friend/son/brother/nephew/etc. I need to be a better example for everyone I come in contact with. Whether that person is far from Christ or not, I need to be more evolved. I need the gospel of Jesus Christ to permeate from my spirit to others. And that starts with family and friends.
4- To be a better teammate. Whether I like it or not guys on my baseball team look up to me and I need to be that leader. I enjoy that role, to a point. I don’t have it all together myself but I’d rather be there for my teammates then worry about my batting average.
5- To be a better employee. No matter where life may take me in 2017 I need to be a better employee. It’s vital for character to work hard and be successful. I get paid to do a job and it do it right and that’s my focus when I clock in until I leave for the day.
6- Embrace failure. Love failure. Learn from failure. Relish in failure. Urge myself to fail as many times as possible.
7- To be the best Chris DiFrancesco I can possibly be. I need to be content with the blessing God has given me. I have love myself and not worry about about anyone’s opinion of me. The only opinion I need is what’s representative on the Cross. That is the only opinion I need. The Great I Am loves me. And that’s an understatement.
As of now that’s all I got. I hope everyone has a happy and safe New Years Holiday. I’ll talk to you all very soon.
Prayer for the Day
Father, forgive me for my shortcomings and continous sin. Father, I was lost and I want to be found. I pray that I maintain a strong faith in the midst of both troubles and need triumphs. Father, I pray that when I get knocked down you are always there to pick me up with Grace and mercy.