Birthday Thoughts

Next Thursday is my (Kay’s) birthday…the big 60! I have received the gift of life for another year.  One more decade is gone and most likely; I am entering the last quarter.

My grandmother use to tell me life goes faster and faster. Toward the end of her life when she was confined to her room and did not get out anymore I asked her, “Granny, does time still fly by or is it slowing down?”

Her reply? “Faster than ever.”

I am beginning to believe her. Two verses come to mind.

Psalm 90:12:  “Teach us to realize the brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom.”

Ecclesiastes 7:4: “A wise person thinks a lot about death, while a fool thinks only about having a good time.”

Does that sound like a morbid thought for my birthday?  Actually, it’s just the opposite.

Thinking about death is a marker of wisdom and the brevity of life sets my perspective in the here and now reminding me of the value of the present moment.  What’s really important and significant?

Who do I need to forgive? Who is hurting and how can I help? How can God use me in this present day? What attribute of God can I celebrate? To whom can I express thanks?  What truth about my brokenness do I need to acknowledge? Who needs an encouraging word? Will I take the time to sit still…today… so God can whisper words of love to me?

I think more diligently about these things after a funeral.  Birth day. Death day.  Perspective setters.

A reminder that every day I move toward life or death

Many times a day I stand at forks in the road, one path leads to birth, life and the other to darkness, death.  I choose daily and I too give life or death, vitality or despondency, joy or sorrow.

Choices: words of life and hope or words that wound and separate.  Lord, help me choose your way, giver of life and victor over death.

Thanks for listening,

Love and Blessings,

Milan & Kay