Happy 2016! You may be a little bit like me - I am already done with all the New Year posts and smart sayings and pithy quotes on making this year count. It's not that I don't want to make it count,but I know myself. I have made resolutions in the past and then when they get lost on my desk at work or get covered up on my bulletin board or I just figure things aren't dire - and the world won't end if I don't follow through on those little promises.I did decide on one thing this year though and think it might just have a pwoerful impact on lots of things - to be real in my ministry. I coordinate summer mission trips for high school youth - Young Neighbors in Action - and that's probably how you found this blog. I have been bringing, leading or coordinating mission trips since 1997. I haven't had time to have a garden, a summer vacation,workon a tan or learn to sail on the lake. I have often wondered, even, why I haven't decided it was time to do something else - or have gotten tired of it or discouraged at not making a big enough difference. I guess when it is your passion - the thing you were born to do - it can't leave you. For that I am grateful. But for being real in this area - service - what do I expect it to look like?