Another Year by God's Grace
Today, September 1st, normally just comes and goes for me. Even though it's my birthday I don't get sentimental with it being particularly special. I have said too many times, "Age is just a number" or as Satchel Paige use to say; "How old would you be if you didn't know how old you are?" Today I turn 47, it means more this year because Saturday I will bury an 18-year-old girl. Over the years I've sat with countless families who have lost loved ones younger than I am now. It is impressed upon me that life is a gift; it is never promised. I have lived longer than countless people I have buried, perspective changes things. What really matters is what we do with the time we have. It's a question I feel certain we will be asked by God when we stand before Him, "What did you do with what I gave you?" So today, more than the others, I feel intensely grateful that I've had another year. At the same time, I remember the call that because I'm still breathing, I still have work to do... and so it is with you as well.
In everything give thanks, this is how God wants you to live in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:18