Today I began another year on planet earth. I reserve the right to be silent about my age, but I will say that I’ve been a Christian now for 34 years. I believe that birthdays should serve as times of celebration, but they should also cause us to reflect, refocus, revision, and regroup.
- Reflect. As I reflect back over my life, I see God’s hand at work. He protected me and guided me along the way when I often was not aware that He was doing so. He helped me to make decisions and connections that led me to where I am today.
- Refocus. As I mentioned in my last post, Gettin’ In Shape, I am refocusing on my physical fitness. I am striving to become disciplined once again in the areas of exercise and eating. In addition, I am striving to become more disciplined spiritually as well. Read more about spiritual disciplines at Food Show Mania.
- Revision. Today I asked myself, “where I am going?” “What is my vision for the next 5-10 years of my life?” I believe we can all benefit from time-to-time by revisiting the visions God has given us.
- Regroup. Have you ever blown it? Although I am a pretty decent golfer, yesterday I scored a “10” on one hole! I was even par on the round before hitting the ball out-of-bounds on hole 7. As a result of additional mistakes on the hole, I recorded a double-digit number on the card. Needless to say, I needed to regroup after that. Life is a lot like that. Invariably, there will be times when we need to stop and regroup. Birthdays can serve as great reminders along those lines.
Do you have a birthday soon? Eat some cake, blow out some candles, have a blast with your friends and family, but take a few minutes to consider the things I mentioned here on my 39th (wink, wink) birthday!
I wholeheartedly concur with your thoughts about your “39th birthday.” As I look back on my 70 plus years, I need to reflect and refocus on the joys of living for Christ. I need to revise my living when I don’t feel the closeness of God. And, I need to regroup when I err in my ways.
Enjoy your birthday and all the years God gives to eat cake and treasure the life you can live.