PERSPECTIVE: 60 and counting
Tell me it isn’t true. I never thought the day would come—although considering the alternative, I am pretty pumped. 60! No, I am not talking about the speed of a car or the number of angels that can dance on the head of a pin. I am talking about the number of years I have traveled this sod.
Monday, April 20, I stepped across the line. Many who have already traveled this way tell me it is pretty painless. Yet, it is a milestone in life. Some say 60 is the new middle age. If that is so, I will be alive in 2069. Not! That’s way too long to live on Earth when Heaven is waiting. I would prefer to get an earlier start on eternity.
Turning 60 has caused me to take stock of some things. For example, I had to buy new glasses with thicker lenses. Although I look at my reflection in the mirror every morning, I had never seen myself quite so clearly as when I tried on those glasses. Not a pretty sight, I assure you. Those mirrors in the vision store are the magnifying kind. I did not like what they magnified. Wow! I had never noticed all the wrinkles and sags, and any hint that I once had bright red hair is gone, and I do mean gone!
I am thankful for many things at this ripe old age. I have hair and lots of it! And you may find this hard to believe, but I have never had a cavity. I am still walking upright without a cane. I am still able to drive myself places, although my wife regularly suggests that I need driving lessons.
I am trying to look at things in a positive way. Senior discounts once were anathema in my mind. Now what little mind I have left cherishes any opportunity to get a discount on anything. With only 20 years until retirement, I am beginning to take a hard look at things. OK, so maybe not 20 years—but considering my shrinking retirement funds, I am inclined to postpone retirement another 30 years.
As I approach this monumental day in my life, I actually am filled with gratitude. My life is full. I am so thankful to be surrounded by a wonderful family. Friends are cherished and mean more to me today than ever. It is incredible to serve Oklahoma Baptists and know that every day is filled with the excitement of Kingdom ministry.
Some years ago, I came across a phrase I have tried to live by. The phrase was really a question, “Are you filling your life with years or your years with life?” Well, I can say with confidence that the first 60 years have been filled with life! My commitment is to proceed as if I have only just begun to live. I want every moment to count to the glory of God, whether I have another day or I truly have only hit middle age.
Thank You, Lord, for 60 great years! I will fill the remainder You give me with life!