Monday, November 17, 2008

"Happy Birthday To Me"

“Today is my birthday… so Happy to Me!” I told you it was rapidly approaching 50. Well… it’s HERE! Someone asked me at church last night if I was “depressed” about turning 50! You know, when I was growing up, 50 sounded so oooold, so ancient, so antique. I thought of 50 year old people as people with “one foot in the grave” and the other one sliding that way. But now that I am there (here)… it isn’t old at all. As a matter of fact, I have looked forward to it. I understand that they are saying that 50 is the “new 40” so that means I am actually getting “younger” or “better”.

Am I depressed about being “half a century” old? Of course not! I read in the Bible that 50 years was the time of “Jubilee”. So today is my day of “Jubilee”. Besides, if I am celebrating my birthday, it means I am still alive. And if I am still alive, it means that God is not finished with me yet. It means that He still has a plan for my life- regardless, of my age. It means that I still have a race to run- and win, a course to finish, a prize to attain, a mission to accomplish, a destiny to fulfill.

The world looks at my age and says that I am only 3 years away from not being able to learn a new skill- I guess after that my brain must go to sleep or something? It tells me that I am only 12 years away from retirement- does that mean that I will no longer be a productive member of society? I missed the age limit for “American Idol” by 20 years- does that mean that I no longer have talent? I am also told that I am "Over the Hill"- which hill would that be? If I listened to what the world says about my age, I might have reason to be depressed. But I don’t listen to them, I know that God is not a respecter of persons- nor of age. Mary was a teen-age girl when she gave birth to the Messiah. Sarah was 90 when she gave birth to the promised son Isaac. Elizabeth was older than 50 when she gave birth to John the Baptist- the forerunner of Christ. Naomi was on up in age when she was blessed with a new family and became the great-great grandmother of King David. When I look at it from God’s perspective…I know the best is yet to come.

This “Glitter Girl” knows that regardless of how many candles are on the cake, God still has a plan for me because I am still here… so I plan on celebrating this day. “Today is my birthday… so Happy to Me!”

2 comments:

samantha said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!!!

Tommy and I celebrated our eleventh anniversary on the 17th! It's a great day all around, huh?

Molly said...

Happy Birthday, that day brings back such sweet memories. LOL...it was the first and only time I ever skipped school and that was to walk to the hospital to see your sweet face. Where does the time go. How very proud of you I am.
Aunt Marjrie