Today I turned 38.
While turning 38, there was not the wild anticipation of almost adulthood that comes from turning 13. There was also not the certification of not being a kid anymore that comes from turning 18. Furthermore, it was not the last legal hurdle that comes with the legal drinking age of 21 (in the United States). So, how do I feel about turning 38?
It’s not just a day… but it also does not have the marching band excitement that may have come with earlier birthdays. As I get older, I put more emphasis on slowing down. Not because my body moves slower (I do run marathons)… but I enjoy hikes and just being outside. Last night my wife and I attended a BBQ that was later followed by a band playing church worship music outside. It was nice and peaceful. When I was younger, this might have bored me. But last night, it was a nice escape to be able to sit and relax.
This morning, on my birthday, my wife and I had a Human Services inspector come to our house to make sure we were not dealing drugs or planning to take over the world. Exciting? No. But it is a step toward a life dream, a very big bucket list item that I have to be a foster parent and/or adoptive parent. So the inspection actually was a nice thing to happen on my birthday. Although, at the slow pace the Human Services inspectors have been moving, I am a little nervous about being certified as foster/adoptive parents… because it may not happen before my 50th birthday 😉
So, what is the most important thing I have learned over the years that I can share with you as I turn 38? Well, at times the people in my life have made my life difficult… but I have either learned from those experiences, or moved on so that those people are no longer part of my life. The truth is… life is best spent with the right people. I am not a billionaire, but the people in my life have made my life special. Turning another year older is not as important as spending years with the right people. Therefore, my birthday wish has already been granted because I have the right people in my life.
On my birthday, I wish you a life blessed with the right people… just like my life has been.
Hillary Clinton and Glenn Beck are finally working together! It seems difficult enough to imagine these two politically different icons could manage to be happy in the same city together… let along work together. However, according to the Mayan Calendar the end of the World is supposed to happen sometime this year… so that’s probably motivation for them both to reconcile their differences.
When people of politically different viewpoints can work together I believe it really is for the best of the country. The United States has seen far too much petty bickering in Washington D.C. over the past few years. Working together equals a stronger America. Trying to politically one-up someone only leads to political gridlock. So, thank you Hillary and Glenn for setting aside your massive egos to work for a better tomorrow. Thank you for setting a mature example for our children who have grown up in a world littered with political bickering.
Oops, did I say Hillary and Glenn? I meant the liberal Colorado Springs Independent newspaper and ultraconservative Focus on the Family… who are working together to help the community of Colorado Springs recover from the devastating Waldo Canyon Fire. They are the two leaders helping to organize a benefit concert for families impacted by the wildfires.
The ability of these two archenemies to set aside political differences is truly inspirational in this time of need… well played Indy and Focus… well played…
Below are links to 3 videos from one of the most powerful sermons I have heard in a long time. It is from Glenn Packiam. This sermon is about how to live like a Christian. If you live like a Christian… then you are living in opposition to the world. You don’t need a sign to show people that you are different. If people know you, they should be able to tell by the words you speak and the things you do that you are different.
I really identified with the NFL metaphor he uses. There are times as a Christian, that I feel like a Bronco fan… sitting at an Oakland Raiders game… in Oakland. I feel like this because I am a graduate student, and if you are in academics then being a Christian means “I automatically lose 50 points off my IQ and that I hate everyone.”
But honestly, I don’t hate homosexuals (but I believe homosexuality is a sin). I don’t hate people who drink (because I also drink) but I believe alcohol in excess is a sin. People who know me know that I am a Christian… but it is not easy to live the life of a Christian because it immediately puts me in opposition to the “world.”
If you have time, I sincerely hope you will check out some of the videos below from Glenn Packiam’s sermon. To me it was one of the best messages I have heard in a few years. I saw it live when I when I was in Colorado.
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