So…it’s my birthday today. I am 33 years old! I know that depending on your age that may sound young…or it may sound old. Regardless, I am 33 years old. That is getting ever so close to being twice the age of a High School Senior. I look back at my life today…and here is what I learn:
1 – Life is harder now than it was when I was younger…but I wouldn’t go back for anything. The responsibilities are greater…the stress is more significant…and my metabolism is not what it used to be (just ask my belt). However, when I was young I thought I was in charge and I called the shots. Now that I am older and a bit wiser I am fully aware that God is calling the shots and no matter how stressful times may get I find great peace in knowing that God is in the driver’s seat in my life. Now…to teach the kids that.
2 – I’m not good at everything…and that’s okay. Much like #1, I have grown to the point that I understand that I am not good at everything (in fact…I am not good at most things). But throughout the process of learning that I am not good at everything, I know that God has made me very good at a ver select number of things…and He has done so for a reason. At 33, I find great freedom in saying, “I am good at very little…and that is OK!”
3 – Life is better with people in it. I always thought I could do life alone. That is not true at all! I need people in my life. I have a wonderful wife and perfect little children. I have a CommUnity Group that I know would be by my side in the dark places of life. I have friends that I go out with on Tuesday nights to play trivia with. When I try to picture my life without these great people…all I see is a wrecked and broken mess. Relationships make me whole. I know that now.
4 – My life is not about me…as much as it is about what I leave behind. I have two kids who adore me. They truly do! I had no idea how to be a parent when my daughter came along so I decided that I was just going to have fun and love the snot out of those little boogers. Shockingly…it works! They love their dad not because of what I buy them or how cool I am…but because I first loved them with everything that I am. I am forming these little ones into a man and woman. Who they become will be a reflection of who I am. I am leaving a legacy. My life is no longer about me (as if it ever was right?)…it is about the impact I have on them…and, in turn…the world.
How old are you? And…what have you learned over the years?