I didn’t realize it until I was already there

Nov

28

2022

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28

2022

Well, another one bites the dust. I’m talking about birthdays. I treated myself to a morning of hunting for my birthday yesterday playing hooky from formal church and figuring I would conduct services in the forest with just me and God. As I was sitting on my deer stand, I enjoyed this one-on-one time with God immensely and in addition to admiring His creation, I prayed and meditated about a variety of things.

The subject of my birthday came up. There was a time when I didn’t think I would make 25 and I thanked God for allowing me to live to the ripe old age of 76 (and still be physically capable and in good enough shape to perform hard physical work on my farm every day).

One thing that amazes me is how fast my time has gone. I didn’t realize it was passing so fast until I was already there. The hours, days, weeks, months, and years are flying by like an out-of-control bullet train. When we are young, we don’t even think about the tiny window of our lives, instead taking on an air of invincibility; however, as we grow older, we realize that indeed life is like a vapor in every sense of the word. We don’t have much time to accomplish our purpose or spend time with the family and friends that we love, or work on that bucket list.

The Reverend Billy Graham was asked what surprised him the most in life. He responded that it was the brevity of it. Indeed, it is brief. And since time is short, we should endeavor to make the most of it, eh?

All my business career I would list my goals for the upcoming year during the holiday season. I put a tremendous amount of work into it, and it took nearly three months to complete my lofty goals by no later than January 15th. Then I would spend the rest of the year working on them. The results were sometimes amazing, and I accomplished all of them on many occasions. When I retired, I quit making goals and just bobbed along like a lost fishing bobber on a vast lake allowing the wind to blow me where it might.

I have decided to make a list of goals this year. When I was young, I developed career, personal and spiritual goals. I don’t have a career anymore so that leaves personal and spiritual goals. I think it will be fun to allow God to lead me in this and see what it is I should do next year (should He give me the honor of living another one). Polls are clear that if you are young or old, goals are something that successful people do. Since we don’t receive but a vapor, we might as well get the utmost out of the life that we are given and goals give us that daily target.

Of paramount importance are those goals that will make God proud of you and will last for eternity.  News Flash: your portfolio will not make it past your grave and you won’t be taking it with you, or any material things from this world. So, focus on eternal things . . .

Why not start working on your goals today and when they are set in stone? Make them happen! Take it from me it is rewarding indeed to scratch a goal off the list after having put your heart and soul into it.

Amos 9:13
. . . things are going to happen so fast your head will swim, one thing fast on the heels of the other. You won’t be able to keep up. Everything will be happening all at once; everywhere you look, blessings

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