4.0 Is Coming

August is always a big month for me. We have a lot of family birthdays that month, including mine.

My next birthday Lord willing I will turn 40 or as I like to call it, 4.0. I’m going into another decade of life. I’m extremely thankful to be alive. You never know how life is going to go.

I remember one time when I was really young I almost drowned while I was at the beach. Thankfully, my mom got me before it was too late.

Four years ago I had a blood clot in my heart. I’m thankful to be alive.

A number of years ago I fainted on the side of a road. I didn’t know what was going to happen there. I’m thankful to be alive.

Turning 40 used to be a really big deal. I remember growing up and one of my uncles turning the big 4.0. We had a lot of black decoration put up. That was funny. Now, things have changed. Turning 40 is almost like turning 30. People are beginning to hit their stride when they turn 40, or at least hopefully they are. As I look back at the last decade I see so much. Here are a few of the things I see.

  1. I see tears.
    1. I see tears of joy as my wife and I welcomed our son into the world.
    2. I see tears of sorrow as my wife and I felt the pain of a molar pregnancy.
    3. I see tears of joy seeing souls saved by the blood of Jesus.
    4. I also see tears filled with pain as loved ones have walked away from Jesus.
    5. I see tears as I think about the people my family and I have had to bury. People like my father, grandfather, and grandmother.
  2. I see and hear a lot of laughter.
    1. I see great moments with my wife and son. I hear my son’s great laugh as well as my wife’s.
    2. I see great moments with brethren in Beaumont Texas where I preached for years.
    3. I see great moments with my bigger family as we spent time together and played games.
  3. I see a lot of sweat.
    1. I see a lot of sweat as I think about all of the workouts I have done the last decade. Everyone has been important.
    2. I’ve seen a lot of sweat as I think about all of the sermons I’ve preached the last nine years.
  4. I see a lot of doubt.
    1. I’m ashamed to admit this, but I will. At times I have doubted the Lord. How I am going to pay for this ICD? How is this job situation going to work out? Every time I have doubted, I have been humbled. I’ve seen the power of God.
    2. Sadly, I’ve seen others doubt. I’ve seen people doubt the existence of God. I’ve seen people leave the Savior. I don’t like seeing that as I look back.
  5. I see a lot of creativity.
    1. Two years ago I began to do a lot more writing. It wasn’t necessarily by design. I was writing to motivate myself and others. The writing has continued. A website was designed. So were coloring books. Then other books. I can’t seem to stop. I don’t want to and I will not.
    2. I write every week as I make sermons to preach. I love the feeling of having an idea, figuring out how to make that idea to work, and then producing it. It may not always work well. But I keep doing it. When I look at my 30’s, I see a lot of creativity.
  6. I see more worship than I did in my 20’s.
    1. I’m thankful I can see that I’m maturing in my faith. When I look back at my 20’s, I can definitely see how much I’ve grown in my 30’s.
    2. Yet I recognize I still have a long way to go. The journey of faith never ends. It just keeps going and going and going.
  7. I see the value of health.
    1. I can see periods of time in my 30’s when I didn’t appreciate my health.
    2. I can see periods of time when I’ve made great investments in my health.
    3. I can see periods when I thought I would no longer have my health.
  8. I see the value of thinking more about death.
    1. I can see that being reminded of death is a good thing.
    2. In the last decade I’ve gone to so many funerals. I have spoken at many funerals. It’s not easy to speak at a funeral. Funerals are tough. But funerals are good for the soul. They put things in perspective.

There’s more I guess I could say. I don’t have enough time to write about everything that’s taken place in the last decade. 4.0 is coming. Lord willing, I’m looking forward to a great decade.

Let’s go! Let’s do this. The best is yet to come.

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