Birthday Cards

Well, Lord willing, it happens on Thursday.

It is statistically highly unlikely to have 50 more of these.

50th birthday cards are a strange combination of reality and morbidly funny.

I thought I would actually put into practice any (reasonable) 50th birthday card advice. Here is the start…

“Look back and marvel at how far you’ve come.”

  • If I took this literally, I have come 1,431 miles from a hospital delivery room in Ft. Worth, TX on October 20, 1966.
  • If I took this philosophically or reflectively, I’ve traveled nearly as far. A rather shy, quite, introverted person to a calling that puts me in the front of people, speaking, and expected to be in extroverted situations many times.
  • Spiritually, by the grace of God and the power of the resurrection, I have advanced and have further to go.

“Act old enough to know better, but young enough not to care.”

  • I have attended meetings recently with younger pastors and they are now talking about me the way I used to talk about the older pastors. This is both exciting and scary.

“Make a list of 50 things you’re thankful for.” (I’ve included people as well)

  1. God, (the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit)
  2. The Bible
  3. Renee
  4. David
  5. Emily
  6. Silas
  7. Bianca
  8. Any time with family
  9. Parents (including Renee’s parents)
  10. grandparents (including Renee’s grandparents)
  11. Siblings (Les and his family, Mark and his family, Drew and his family, and Gayle)
  12. Faithful preachers
  13. Churches (especially Eastside Baptist Church)
  14. Alex Veillard and his family
  15. New Horizon Home
  16. Friends
  17. All previous churches and pastors
  18. Mentors
  19. Missionaries
  20. Utah/Idaho Southern Baptist family
  21. Home
  22. Health
  23. Clothes
  24. Books
  25. Reading
  26. pets (even Cleo)
  27. Neighbors
  28. Twin Falls
  29. Idaho
  30. Colorado
  31. New Mexico
  32. Texas
  33. Mountains
  34. Backpacking
  35. Camping
  36. Chick-fil-A
  37. Sonic
  38. United States
  39. Pizza
  40. Transportation
  41. Bicycles
  42. Lawn mowers
  43. indoor plumbing
  44. Heat
  45. Air Conditioning
  46. Sunshine
  47. Rain
  48. Snow
  49. Mail
  50. Birthdays

“Write two notes: one to your 20-year-old self, and another to your 60-year-old self.”

  • 20 year old Paul:
    Dear Paul,
    Make the most of every moment. Spend more time with Renee. Hug your children more. Listen better, Treasure your family more. Read your bible more. Preach with greater compassion. Exercise more. Laugh more. Don’t worry about what others say about you. Take fewer naps. Be slow to speak. Guard yourself. Complain less. Be more grateful. Give more. Hike more mountains. Plant more in your garden. Thank God for everything.
  • 60 year old Paul:
    Dear Paul,
    Make the most of every moment. Spend more time with Renee. Hug your children more. Listen better. Treasure your family more. Read your bible more. Preach with greater compassion. Exercise more. Laugh more. Don’t worry about what others say about you. Take fewer naps. Be slow to speak, Guard yourself. Complain less. Be more grateful. Give more. Hike more mountains. Plant more in your garden. Thank God for everything.

 

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