Well today is my birthday. I’m 47 years old today. There are a couple of things that amaze me about birthdays. First, how quickly they come and go. It seems like only yesterday that I was thinking how old 30 year old people are! I remember when my friend’s grandparents were around the age that I am now! You know… ancient!!
Second, it amazes me how some people make a really big deal about people not knowing how old they are. They reach a certain number of years and then they just stop changing the number they are 39 for the rest of their lives. What is it that they are afraid of or avoiding?
I love what a friend of mine Ron Calaway-Haebeck sent me on a Facebook message this morning. He said that it’s been proven that birthdays are good for you. People who have more of them live longer! The Bible says…
Wisdom is with the aged, and understanding with length of days. Job12:12
It is almost a daily thing that I ask the Lord to give me both wisdom and understanding to both serve him and lead the church better. When I pray that prayer I almost always have some sort of divine impartation in mind. You know that God will pour something out of heaven that will land on my head and give me supernatural wisdom and understanding that will equip me to overcome every difficulty that presents itself. I really wasn’t thinking that He would allow me to get old and along the way both wisdom and understanding would grow in me through the struggles and learning of a long life. However, that’s exactly the process that the Lord uses over and over in the lives of His people.
So, how should we see the passing years? As opportunities to grow into the people God intends that we should be. Do our bodies get slower and weaker? Yes, but at the same time our spirits can get faster and stronger! And that is a great birthday possibility!