Friday, September 19, 2008

Birthday Reflections

Well today is the day of my 33rd birthday. By most standards still quite young. I think about the 33 years I have lived, and what has happened. I had by most accounts a normal childhood. In college got into drugs and alcohol, and will forever be a recovering alcoholic. When graduating from college experiencing my parents separation and eventual divorce. Becoming a parent to my dad as he figured out again what life was about. Standing at the altar with by amazing bride. Being by my dad's bed as he died from cancer. Watching the birth of my three precious children. I spend three years as a director of Evangelism for a church and 6 years as a lead pastor.

More than all those events however, I have been learning what it means to walk with God. I would have to say there has never been a time when I have been closer in my walk with God. That is not to say everything is great and I do not have more work to do. I can only imagine what the next few years will look like provided I continue to abide and be obedient.

I cannot help but think about all the things that could have been. Were there moments I missed, undoubtedly. Have I made the most of the life I have been given? It is hard to say. Nonetheless, the future holds great promise. I have my relationship with God. I am still married (almost 10 years) to the most amazing woman. I have the joy of my three girls. There is a family around me offering support and love. God has given me three men in covenant to walk through life and ministry with me. Finally, God has given me a ministry to and with the church of Jesus Christ.

Stepping back, I have a good life. However, the work is not done, and I think it only gets better from here. Not necessarily easier, but I consider it all joy in light of the glory God has shown me to this point.

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