I’ll be 39 in November. I don’t like the sound of that. I also don’t like the thought, that this time next year, I’ll be saying I’ll be 40 in November. I joke about getting older, but I’m really having a harder time with it than I expected to.
Sometimes I feel like I’m fighting this mid-life thing…I didn’t even believe it was a thing until I started approaching it…now it’s a thing.
When I turned 30 I celebrated quoting Jay-Z … “30 is the new 20!”
Sadly I can’t say I’ve heard him say the same about 40.
Life is moving so fast though, I wish I still had the energy of a 30-year-old.
In the sprints of our days we rush, grinding it out, to achieve and obtain. When we do pause and look around it’s often not to appreciate what we have but compare ourselves with others. That’s a deadly trap. We are NOT a finished product. We are not who we were. AND we’re definitely not who we’re going to be.
Overall I’m pretty good with who I’ve become. I’ve lived a little since my 20’s. I’ve experienced some pain and joy along the way. When I really pause and take inventory of my life: a wife, a dog, three daughters, and a mini van later (Yes I’m a minivan man. Don’t hate…appreciate!), I can truly say I’m blessed and I wouldn’t change any of it.
I know I didn’t get here by myself. What I have, I didn’t receive on my own. I had a little…no…a lot of help along the way. A little favor from my Heavenly Father goes a long way in a lot of areas. It’s easy to take that for granted when you feel stuck. This passage from 1st Corinthians yelled that as a reminder to me.
Let me encourage you. Grab a cup of coffee and quiet place. Spend about 30 minutes. (Easier said than done when you have a family.) Inventory your life. Regardless if your in your 20’s, 30’s, 40’s, or 70’s. Don’t be so hard on yourself. Appreciate where you are in this season and what you have. Understand that who you are and who you will become are not same. Both are the results of God’s new season of favor in your life.