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Summary: I'm oldner than dirt but I'm determined to live for the Lord in every way as He renews me day by day.

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Life is going way too fast…I’m halfway to one hundred and am now officially “over the hill.” This year is my 25th college class reunion, Emily is graduating from college, Lydia is graduating from high school, Beth and I are celebrating our 25th anniversary this summer, and today is my 50th birthday. On top of all that, I received my AARP Membership in the mail on Monday! A man can’t get any more mid-life than where I am right now. All I need now is my cherry red convertible.

For some reason people love to give advice to those who celebrate their half-century birthday. Here are some wise words from John Paul Getty that I’m trying to hold on to: “Age doesn’t matter, unless you are cheese.” Well, since I am a cheese head, I guess age does matter.

I’ve lived long enough now to have experienced a lot of changes over the decades. Here are some differences between the 60s and today.

Then: Long hair

Now: Longing for hair

Then: Acid rock

Now: Acid reflux

Then: Getting out to a new, hip joint

Now: Getting a new hip joint

Then: Rolling Stones

Now: Kidney stones

Someone has said that you know you’re getting old when you stoop to tie your shoes and wonder what else you can do while you’re down there. Did you know that someone turns 50 every six seconds in our country and people over 50 make up 43% of all U.S. households? There are actually some perks that come with being 50.

* Your supply of brain cells is finally down to a manageable size.

* Your secrets are safe with your friends because they can’t remember them either.

* You sing along with elevator music.

* Things you buy now won’t wear out.

* You quit trying to hold your stomach in, no matter who walks in the room.

My foray into the 50s has not been easy. When I renewed my Driver’s License recently, one of the workers looked at my date of birth and said, “I didn’t know you were that old!”

I want to share some personal lessons that I have been learning that I trust will also be pastoral in nature. My aim is to give glory to God, not just talk about myself. Here then are some reflections and ruminations on half a century of sinning.

1. I want to live in the moment more than I do. My brother-in-law Mark gave away two of his daughters in marriage within seven months of each other. After his second daughter got married, he was standing in the foyer at the church contemplating what had just happened. I went up to him and gave him a hug and heard him say these words, “I’m overwhelmed but I’m trying to live in the moment and enjoy this.”

It’s time for me to live in the moment and not always be so eager to get to the next event or activity. Listen to these words from Psalm 39:4-5: “Show me, O Lord, my life’s end and the number of my days; let me know how fleeting is my life. You have made my days a mere handbreadth; the span of my years is as nothing before you. Each man’s life is but a breath.”


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