When I was much younger, I used to think that, at 56, I would be in my declining years before retirement, but to tell the truth, I feel like there is still a lot of great living ahead of me, and I can't wait to experience it. I may not be as hirsute or svelte as I once was - there's little I can do about the former and I must do more about the latter! - but I feel great and I'm excited about the future.
I am a fortunate man - I have everything I need and most of what I want, and I am one of the most contented men on the planet because I have chosen to surrender all to a powerful, righteous and loving God. It's not that I don't have troubles, and it's not that I don't occasionally try to do things in my own power, but I know that when I mess up, and I do and I will, my Lord and Savior will lift me up when I seek His mercy. It doesn't get any better.
Thanks to all of my friends, long-time and just-met, for the words of kindness on my birthday. I'm not one of those people who's old enough to be asked the secret of my longevity - not yet, anyway! - but if someone were to ask me that question, I would give them four pieces of advice:
1. Be kind.
2. Be humble.
3. Be grateful.
4. Above all else, be God's servant.
"I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength." ~ Philippians 4:12-13