I could make this list 100 people long and still feel like I didn't do it justice. But here are 10 people who inspired me this year.
1) Curtis Jones - My best friend, lover, and partner in everything. Curtis inspires me to love and live for Jesus. His faith has exploded like an atom bomb this year and it has been so exciting to watch.
2) David Platt - He inspired me through Radical. He is speaking at Passion 2011 and I can't wait to hear him preach.
3) Heather Hendrick - She introduced me to Radical. Reading her blog will make you pray and want to be involved in how God is healing Haiti.
4) Jamie Ivey - I've been reading her blog for years, which is so crazy to say. Jamie's on my list of "people to meet in 2011," which I compiled just now while I was typing. I would like some lessons in ministry from Jamie and her friends.
5) Jenn Hatmaker - Her book, Interrupted, was placed in my hands a couple of months ago. I couldn't put it down. One day soon I'll tell you how it changed my life. Thanks, Missy.
6) Blessed Mommy - We've never met, but we have a childhood best friend in common. I believe it put a smile on Molly's face when we connected. She is mommy to two exceptional, beautiful children.
7) Kristen S - I heard about Kristen for years before I actually met her from our mutual friend, Allison. We finally met when we joined the As One Bible study class at our church. Kristen is facing some tremendous difficulty with courage and grace. I love her tender heart, her laugh, and how down to earth she is. She is definitely one of my heroes.
8) Kristen@WeAreThatFamily - I met Kristen last January at this little blogger meetup here in Houston. She was getting ready to go to Kenya with Compassion and Shaun (see below) had just sent me an email about Guatemala. Fast forward eleven months. We, having gone on our respective trips, met again at the Compassion bloggers reunion in Birmingham, which I just realized I have not yet blogged about. Dern! Anyway, Kristen and her family are partnering with a Compassion LPD program grad to start a maternity home for young girls in Kenya. I have loved reading the story of how it all unfolded. We serve an amazing God.
9) Shaun Groves - I will never be able to thank him enough for inviting me to Guatemala. On our last night there, Shaun encouraged us to avoid living "in the middle." Dang you for saying that, Shaun Groves! I'm still figuring that out, but the good news is that I'm not who I was. Shaun is getting ready to make a new album, which will increase his platform with Compassion. I'm so excited for him. I loved the post he wrote about it today.
10) Patricia Jones - Patricia and her husband work for Compassion. She was also my roommate in Guatemala. If I could pick one mother of older kids to shadow for a year, it would be her. I love her family's sense of purpose and I am eating up every word she says on her blog. If you're a mother, do yourself a big favor and subscribe to her blog.
Obviously, Compassion was a big part of my year! I'd say they pretty much made my year. You can make someone's year too by partnering with Compassion. You could sponsor a child from Guatemala. You could do some last minute gift buying through their Gifts of Compassion online catalog. Or you could get involved in the Child Survival Program for pregnant mothers and infants. There's no end to the blessing you could be to a child living in poverty.
Who inspired you in 2010?