Only half way there if I live to be 110!
No longer in my early fifties.
On the downhill slide to the big 6-0!
(That's why I've always struggled with the birthday's ending in five more than the ones ending in zero.)
Tomorrow's the day,
No matter how I drag my feet, dig in my heels, it's coming.
All of the seconds, minutes, hours, days and years of my life summed up in a number.
All of the joys and the sorrows, the hopes and the dreams, the victories and the failures, the relationships with friends, family, God and His people…
all of it summed up in those two identical digits.
Man looks on the outside…
the numbers on a scale, my age.
(If you're younger than me, 55 seems old, admit it. It seems old to me, too.)
God looks on the heart…
the good, the bad, the ugly,
dreams not yet realized,
…the real me.
On His calendar, I've only just begun this journey that goes on forever and ever.
I'm trying to remember that.
"This life is only a dressing room for eternity."
I think Leonard Ravenhill said that.
How I live now gets me ready for then.
Eternal rewards, reigning with Christ.
I'm learning how in the now,
over sin, my emotions, my circumstances.
I don't get it right much of the time.
But I do keep getting up and trying again.
I don't quit.
That's the secret.
Never giving up.
So here I am, facing the big 55.
My first magazine article submitted, waiting to hear if it's accepted.
That's one goal I'd like to reach in this double digit year.
Training to run a 5k…
Growing old as fit and healthy in body, soul and spirit as possible, that's another goal.
Living a life of forgiveness, free of offense, really truly releasing people, situations, circumstances to God and letting go,
that's a big goal,
a challenging goal.
Being teachable, willing to change, always learning,
another big one.
Choosing joy, choosing happiness,
that's an important goal.
Even though I'm turning 55,
And the goal of all goals,
being wholeheartedly His,
really loving Him,
with ALL of my heart,
with ALL of my soul, (mind, will, emotions),
with ALL my strength.
So, here I go, stepping into another year of life,
I'm taking the plunge,
leaping in with both feet,
determined to savor the nectar of each new day.
Come on, year number 55, let's make you the best one yet.