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turning forty

A number of years ago I came across an album by Randy Stonehill that had a song called “Turning Thirty.”  Part of it went like this:

Well, now thirty ain’t like fifteen
And it’s not like twenty-five
My back’s a little stiff
And there’re some lines around my eyes

But I’ve still got my energy
And I’ve got most of my hair
And I’m not too old to rock ‘n roll
And I’m not really scared of turning thirty

It was a live recording and the best part was when he ad libbed, “I wrote this song eight years ago …”

Well, this past Friday I turned forty.  Or “40” for those of you who prefer numbers over letters.  Now I must admit that I’m not feeling that much different than when I was thirty-nine and three-quarters.

With that said, I do have a few reflections …

  • Life doesn’t slow down as we age but we do wake up more often during the night.
  • People are God’s greatest resources.
  • Reading is not a luxury.  It’s a necessity.
  • Technology can run a muck when we let it.
  • It’s good to play in the snow.
  • Never go cheap on the coffee.
  • Pray like your life depends on it because it does.
  • Be thoughtful.  Be thankful.  Be intentional.
  • Ask difficult questions.
  • Love covers a multitude of sins.  So does a good sweatshirt.
  • Eat breakfast.
  • Good conversation is much more than passing the time.
  • Care.

These are ground-breaking revelations but just a quick list.