That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world; Holding forth the word of life...
Philippians 2:15-16a

Friday, February 11, 2011

29 and Holding...

Today is my birthday.  Twenty nine!!! AHHHHHH.... it's my last year of the 20's.  You know how as a kid you think you'll never make it to this point in life.  And now I'm here!  It's so weird.  Usually when I ask people to guess my age, they ALWAYS think I'm younger.  That used to bother me a bit when I was 25 and they would guess that I was 19.  Or when a parent would look at me and say "Are you old enough to teach my child piano?"  I would smile and say "Yes" meanwhile, thinking something sarcastic like, I've only been teaching for the last 8 years.  I think I can handle it!  Most people guess my age around 25 or 26 now.  Let's just say, that doesn't bother me anymore :) :) :).  I hope it continues!  

I've never been bothered about age.  I'm pretty sure my life won't end when I turn 30 :).  In fact getting older is kind of fun.  It's neat looking back on memories and special events.  I try to enjoy life.  I try to live in the moment.  Not in the sense that I'm irresponsible or anything, but the moment is all I have.  The past can't be changed, and the future hasn't happened.  That's why the moment is so important.  

As my birthday was approaching, I was thinking back to other birthdays.  I knew this year would be much different than last year.  Last year was probably one of my most memorable birthdays.  If you had asked me last year what I thought my birthday would be like this year, the answer would have been NOTHING like it actually is!  God always seems to have a way of turning my plans around into pretty much the complete opposite of what I had in mind.  Sometimes God's plans involve trials and hurt. That's not to say I'm upset with God's plans. Romans 8:28 is still in the Bible, and it's still true.  His will is ALWAYS perfect, and I am content and at peace knowing I'm trying my best to live in that will.

I have plans for this year :).  Hahaha.... If past experience is any indicator, they probably won't work out.  That's okay though.  Mostly my plans include working at my business, being faithful at church, and trying to take more opportunities to serve the Lord.  I also really want to get a new car, and according to my Dad I have to put new shingles on my roof.  Maybe I'll get the baseboards and trim done inside the house too :) Oh yeah, and the carpet upstairs in the bedrooms. And of course their's that vacation to take (yeah right), family to visit, and friends to hang out with. 

I mentioned moments before.  I want moments in my last year of the 20's to count for Christ.  Sometimes a moment comes when God give an opportunity for me to make a difference in someone's life.  Maybe it's just a word of encouragement, or to pray for someone, or an opportunity to invite someone to church.  Those moments are the ones that I let pass too often, and I want to change that.  I want my last year of the 20's to be my best year for the Lord.  

Next year, I plan on starting of the 30's with a bang.  Maybe with a trip somewhere sunny and warm :) :).  

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