Monday, April 21, 2008

Thoughts from the other side of the hill

I did it, I survived my 20's. I want to take this time to say thank you to my 20's. We had some good times together didn't we. We laughed, we cried and then we got old. Not really. From what I hear 30 is the new 20. I know I already wrote about this a bit but since it finaly happened I am revisiting it. I can still confidently say that I am not too terribly fazed by the passing of my 20's, yet.

Some people look back and wonder what they have done with their lives and mourn the passing of the time. I look back and think, how the heck did I do all that in the last 30 years or even the last 10. The only sad thing to me is how fast it truly does go. It feels like time is standing behind me pushing me harder and harder towards the precipice. The reality is that it's just the way it is. I can't do anything about it so I better accept it. The consolation is that in the scheme of eternity I am still quite infantile. I am really not getting closer to death but rather closer to new life. It is hard to accept this concept sometimes in our fallen state. The frailty of life and shortness of life make me realize that it truly is not about me. If it were, it would be a pretty pathetic existence and very depressing. I don't want to mourn my own life especially while I am still living it. This life is not my own. It is a gift and it should be used to glorify the one who gave it to me. I think that when I start to get depressed about the loss of youth or days gone by I may be losing the proper perspective. I constantly struggle to let go of myself and be humbled. It is my nature to want to be in control but it is in my best interest to give up control. I believe true joy and peace in this life come when we give it up. When we give up ourselves to the one who is in control we get something far greater in return, we get hope. Hope for a better life to come. Hope that this world can be redeemed. Hope we will not only survive but be victorious. It is Christ's love that brings us this hope. The purpose of this life is to bring Christ's love and hope to bear on this world. That's what his kingdom is about.

So, as I enter a theoretical new phase of my life I will continue to pray that God will use my life to bring hope to the world through His love.

40 comments:

Brian said...

Happy Birthday! Sorry that it is a couple days late.

kathryn said...

i pray too that God will continue to use you in all that you do, Dave! I hope your birthday was very HAPPY?!!!

30 is the new 20? everything is the new everything!!

i too felt few if any untoward effects when i turned 30. . it was more like when i turned 40, then 45. . and on it goes with another candle this summer.

grey hair = wisdom
wrinkles = lots of time in the lovely sun and lots of time smiling!! its all good!

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electroluminescence said...

Thanks for posting this, Dave!!!
I feel like one of my biggest struggles is feeling like i'm losing time and I mourn the past... i'm only two decades old... & i know the best is yet to come... i feel like you though... that time is speeding by. it's mind blowing. but your words put some of my thoughts into perspective... There is nothing I can do to stop time and i should be living my little heart out in the present... not focusing on all the time i'm losing.

Gina said...

Thank you for sharing your perspective on 'getting older', Dave! It truly is a humbling one...

I'm looking at turning 23 soon... and with as odd a year as it is, I look it at with joy and anticipation. God is working His hand in all of our lives and it is only now that I am realizing the importance of living for Him alone.

I pray that 30 will usher in another decade of happy memories, growth, and service for our Savior for you... followed by many more decades to come. Keep trusting Him!

electroluminescence said...

Dave!
I just wanted to come say i miss your words!
i know you're so busy you don't even have time to even THINK about writing blogs right now...
but you should know that I appreciate your blogs & can't wait for you to write again.

p.s. this was good to read again today.
my 21st birthday was yesterday!

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