43. I am 43. Today I am 43 years old. The geek in me wants to say that I am over 43 due to the leap year factor, but for sake of argument, we will just simplify this and say that today is the day. Ready to start a new year with some new perspective.
The past year has brought a lot of change with it. A year ago I was not the father of a college student. I was seeing more transition in my job duties. My son wasn’t sporting a beard. Areas of life had less stress. Areas of life had more stress! People have come into and gone out of my life. Relationships have grown stronger. My thoughts have become heavier. Then, to top it off, as I posted last week, I now have diabetes to consider.
Much has changed, and that is a good thing. Change is a necessary part of life, and it is an integral part of a Relentless Life. Without change, things grow stagnant, sour, weak, and irrelevant. I don’t want that. There are still things to do, things to see, things to experience and share.
I’ve been thinking a lot more lately about my life. Specifically, about how my actions affect the future for myself and others. Obviously I am experiencing some of what my passion for food has done to my body, and how I must make change in order to correct as much of that as I can, but there have been other actions that are having affects on me and those around me as well. Some of them need to be changed in some way or another if there is to be growth. The FOCUS needs to shift if there is going to be growth.
Whether you are interested in them or not, here are some of my thoughts on things I would like to have a better grip on before I hit the “double 4”.
My Family – Things are changing in our home as our daughter leaves for college in the fall and our son is going to finish high school and has entered the work force before he leaves for college next year. Tammi and I are going to be spending more time as we started – just the two of us. There are going to be new ways I will need to adapt to the needs of my family in these new circumstances. I want them to see that I love and care for them not in the way that is convenient for me, but in the way that they need it.
My Health – As of today I am down 32.5 pounds with a goal of another 34.5. My blood pressure is dropping with the weight, and I am hoping to get off that medication by next year. Praying to see the blood sugar straighten out with the changes in diet as well. So odd that in the middle of feeling so good and healthy from losing weight I find I have a whole different problem, but like I said here, I think it is more of a spiritual issue than a a health issue.
My Friendships – The last year or so has bought me into closer relationships with a group of good and godly men. I want to work harder at making those friendships grow deeper and stronger. There are things I had done that I need to get back to doing, and there are thing I need to start doing that I never have done! A good friend is not something to be ignored.
My Work – God has put a task before me, and I want to honor Him in that. There is an aspect of worship to God in my work that I cannot ignore. I need to remember that I am always serving Him in the things that I do, and hopefully that will make the rough times better. I also will be more intentional about how I can provide for my family outside of my main job.
My Faith – Over the last year I have been more intentional about my time with God, and I don’t want that to change. I need that time with Him to keep my heart right and my head clear. The time I spend in God’s Word gives me purpose and courage to take hard steps in all aspects of life. God gets the glory for what He is doing, and I get the joy of being able to have a front row seat in His plan.
I get a lot of ribbing from a buddy of mine about being old. That’s OK. I’m finally at an age where I am starting to see how my decisions can play out. I have enough life experience that before I do a stupid thing I get that feeling that I have been here before! Sometimes it even stops me from doing it!!! I guess that is the benefit of age though, and I hope my mistakes, experiences, and thoughts are a help to someone else.
What are you going to do with your next trip around the sun? Be Relentless in it. Feel free to share this post and I would be happy to hear your comments either below or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org!