Is it the End of an Era? Or Just the Beginning?

Today is a special day for me.

It’s the beginning of the end of an era. The 60’s, not the1960’s of course (although they were good) but the other 60’s. The chronological ones. The ones that turned my hair to silver.

Today I’m 69. And believe me, that sounds old! I remember when 30 sounded old, and then I got there! Suddenly, almost overnight, 50 was old. And just about that fast, I got there too. 60 years have gone by in about that many seconds.

My middle daughter just reminded me of a saying I used to tell her when her babies were small, “The days are long, but the years are short.” God confirms that when He says says our lives are as a vapor.

But there are still so many things I want to do!

For instance:

I want to sure to grow to know my Saviour even better. To take the time to study the Bible like when I would read Chafer’s Systematic Theology - for FUN!

II Timothy 2:15 says, “Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed.” I certainly don't want to be ashamed when I stand before my heavenly Father.

It’s time to reread good books about real people, people who allowed God to use them in mighty ways.

Joni - by Joni Eareckson Tada
There’s a Snake in My Garden - by Jill Briscoe
The Hiding Place - by Corrie ten Boom
His Stubborn Love - by Joyce Landorf
Queen of the Dark Chamber - by Christiana Tsai
Beth Moore
Chuck Swindoll
Max Lucado

And that's just the beginning of the list. Then there are new authors to explore as well.

I want my family and friends to know how much I care because I show up. Show up to help and to encourage and to lighten their load.

Some dear friends have gotten terribly ill this year, life threateningly ill. Dear friends who are much younger than I am. Friends whose consistency, and faith, and integrity have been evident to all those around them. I praise God that He’s spared them and granted more days than the doctors once believed possible, but if they had entered heaven’s gates I'm sure they would have heard, “Well done my good and faithful servant.”

It’s sobering, but that’s what I want to hear, “Well done.....”

So here’s to a New Era!