Recently I celebrated my 63rd birthday. I am getting old now, much closer to 70 than to 60. It is a sobering thought. The Bible says our life span is 70 years... give or take a few. So that gives me maybe 7 years of productivity still. God willing.
I have been joking about being 63 as not worthy of celebrating, but I know in my heart that I am glad that I have had the privilege of living that long: especially with all the health problems I have. I am sitting here thanking the LORD for my life. All of it- good and bad!
It's sometimes tradition on birthdays to evaluate your life.... What have I achieved in nearly 6 .5 decades of living? What do I want to achieve? Where is my life heading? What things are key in my life in regards to importance and eternity? What changes can I make to live better and cherish that which I do hold dear? Quite a lot to think on really.
As I sit and reflect, I know that I have to make some changes in my life as regards growing closer to the LORD, and memorising scripture better. I have to seriously build myself up physically as well whilst trimming a lot of excess avoir du pois off my truly small frame.
I realise that I can only make changes by repenting of a lot of negative thinking and attitudes that have gathered like moss on a stone. And by clinging to the LORD, for I know that without Him as the foundation, I can achieve nothing of eternal value.
One thing to reflect on is one that makes me content. I am basically living a good Christian life. I found that out when I was misdiagnosed with a terminal disease 8 years ago. You have got to believe me when I say that a person who believes they are dying questions what is important in their life and tries to make amends where it is lacking! I didn't have to change anything! I believe our sanctification is ongoing...I am far from perfect and there are some weeds in my garden that need to be pulled. I have far to go in some things..
Yes, today is a day for reflection as well as thanks for the great gift of life!
© Glenys Robyn Hicks
So teach [us] to number our days, that we may apply [our] hearts unto wisdom. Psalm 90:12