I wrote the following on my birthday this past December, when I turned the ripe old age of 44. As Psalm 90 exhorts us, it’s a good thing to number and take stock of our days, so that we might gain a heart of wisdom. May the Lord bless you with wisdom as you grow in his grace, knowledge, and eternal perspective.
The Lord bless you,
Lord, I thank you for the gift of life. I praise you for how you have directed my steps. And while my sins and mistakes and foibles were all mine, I do thank you for how you have led me these 44 years.
I thank you for Mom, Dad, and Nancy-Hart. It wasn’t always a perfect home, but I praise you that all four of us have come to know, love, and follow you. Much was good. Some was not. But you were faithful throughout it all and we are blessed beyond what we deserve. Thank you.
Father, I give you praise, worship, joyful thanks and adoration for Suzanne, Natalie, Dylan, Jake and Grant. They have brought me more joy and happiness than I ever thought possible. I know I am far from deserving them, but I thank you for each one of them. I know I am a better man because of each one of them being in my life.
Thank you Lord for, of course, not only redeeming me from sin, hell, and your wrath, but for your call in my life to be a pastor. When I look back and remember my aimlessness, laziness, etc., I become stunned in amazement that you have brought me so very far from where I once was. I have purpose, identity, meaning, joy, self-discipline, goals, focus, a calling larger than myself, opportunities, etc., – all in you, by you, for you, and through you. Thank you.
My life, my family, my calling as a pastor, and all the rest give me such a reason to get up in the morning – every morning – that I just can’t believe it’s real. I am so truly thankful to you Lord. Thank you for pouring out your amazing love and grace on me, one who is so undeserving. I’ll take it.
I don’t know how many more years you will give me, but I do pray that you will enable me to redeem every single second you give me. Please help me do more for you, your name, and your Kingdom than I have ever done in the past.
Help me Lord to be more intentional, consistent, motivated, focused, etc., in all I do. Help me prioritize what is most important and significant and not chase after things that aren’t pleasing to you. Please, please, please direct my steps, fill me with your Holy Spirit, give me greater revelation of your particular purposes and callings for me. Empower me, consecrate me, and sanctify me for your glory and purposes so that I may honor and please you with my life and bear as much good and lasting fruit as I can while I’m here.
Thank you Father for your faithfulness, your Word, your love, and your promises. Thank you for the Comforter and Counselor. Thank you for my Savior, Lord, King, and Friend. I give you all praise, worship, thanks, and adoration. In Christ I pray, Amen.
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