Friday, July 9, 2010

Birthdays and Growing Older

Psalm 90:12 “Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.”

I was chatting with one of our young people last night in FB. He turned 18 yesterday and I told him that he was not a minor anymore. Unlike many of the young people I talk to he did not want to grow older yet. Usually, young people want to mature fast, but this young man did not.

You see, he’s had a not so good childhood. His parents were separated, and he and his brothers were left with his mother who died before he turned 15. That left him to look after his younger brothers. He missed a lot of years in his life that many children enjoy – fun, play times.

This made me think about my own birthday which is coming this September. I will be celebrating my 35th birthday soon. And at this age I am sure that pretty soon I would need the help of the best anti wrinkle eye cream available. But aside from the fact that my body is getting older and older I should really be thankful that I have had a better childhood and generally a better life than this young man. Growing older is something that I should be thankful for with the blessings that God has allowed me to enjoy in the many years I’ve lived.

I just am thankful that the young man ‘s life did not come to waste or was not just thrown away because of the not good past he’s had. He is now following God and, with the help of our church’s youth ministry, trying to maximize his life and live it the way God has planned it to be.