Today is my birthday! If you were a friend of mine on Facebook, you would know how many birthdays I have had and why this cake is on fire. Why does Facebook do that? Does everyone want their age blasted all over the place?
The year leading up to this year was difficult in so many ways, but one way in particular was coming to terms with this being my 60th birthday. There I said it. 60 years old. I’d like to say I didn’t have issues with this, but alas, I did. I started realizing that what was before me was way shorter than what was behind me and began contemplating what would be the significant things I would like to do in my remaining years, be they 2 or 20 or more. These are things I came up with:
I want to leave an inheritance to my children’s children.
I want to see God pour out His Spirit on my descendants.
I want to go deeper in prayer, grow closer in intimacy with God and others.
I want to more quickly cast my burdens on the Lord.
I want to finish strong.
I want to laugh more, cry more, sing more, dance more.
I want to enjoy each and every moment I have and strive to be at peace at all times.
I want this Psalm to be said of me:
You got me when I was an unformed youth,
God, and taught me everything I know.
Now I’m telling the world your wonders;
I’ll keep at it until I’m old and gray.
God, don’t walk off and leave me
until I get out the news
Of your strong right arm to this world,
news of your power to the world yet to come,
Your famous and righteous
ways, O God.
God, you’ve done it all!
Who is quite like you?
You, who made me stare trouble in the face,
Turn me around;
Now let me look life in the face.
I’ve been to the bottom;
Bring me up, streaming with honors;
turn to me, be tender to me,
And I’ll take up the lute and thank you
to the tune of your faithfulness, God.
I’ll make music for you on a harp,
Holy One of Israel.
When I open up in song to you,
I let out lungsful of praise,
my rescued life a song.
All day long I’m chanting
about you and your righteous ways,
While those who tried to do me in
slink off looking ashamed.
The Message Bible
Happy Birthday to me and may I be blessed with many more!
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