I thought I would take a few minutes to share my reflections on this past week and the hallmark moment of ending five decades here on planet earth.
Sunday, My wife surprised me with a 50th Birthday Party with about thirty people… some I hadn’t seen in years. It was wonderful to see so many and I was touched that they chose to honor me and celebrate my membership into AARP and I even received a bottle of “Geritol”.
The idea that I am probably over half way through this life along with a couple of poignant moments this week has really made me aware of several things. First, I have an amazing wife and a family of friends that make each day a gift. Second, with 6 children I guess you could say my quiver is full and the joys and challenges of being a parent keep me forever humbled and always learning. Third, due to the fact that a dear family close to us lost a 19-year-old daughter in a car crash and the fact that my father died on my Birthday in 2005 heightened the sense of my/our mortality and my ever-present need to lean on Jesus and the grace He gives to me each day.
This life is a gift… each and every moment is precious and so easily taken for granted, it would be ludicrous to live every moment fearful that it would be our last, but… it also would be ignorant to spend our moments always looking to some future pinnacle just out of our grasp. 50, it really is just a number that marks a multitude of moments to be thankful for and maybe too, it is a springboard to a heart full of thankfulness for every moment yet to come.