Today I turn 45. I only feel 25, but the mirror and my knees are starting to tell me a different story.
I think this is what many refer to as “middle age”. Looking at family history, it’s not unreasonable for me to expect to live to 90 and beyond. My Mom’s aunt Edna, the youngest of her generation, recently celebrated her 100th birthday. Longevity runs in both my Mom and Dad’s genes.
No worries about me having a mid-life crisis, though. I got that out of my system seven years ago when, among other much more foolish things, I shaved my head and got a tattoo (because a tattoo and a head shave are much more affordable than an Aston Martin DB7).
No, this year I’m stepping back, taking stock, and being truly thankful for all that God has blessed me with over the last four-and-a-half decades. An amazing wife (we celebrate our 22nd anniversary in three days), great family and friends…I sure can’t complain.
I’m also thinking about what sort of steward I’m being with those things that God has blessed me with.
There’s something about a milestone like this that seems to give things a little more substance, a stronger sense of urgency and a benchmark to build upon. So this year, I’ve set some goals.
This year, I want to adopt a healthier focus. Daily focus.
This year I’m going to cut things out of my diet that I know aren’t good for my health. No more coffee, dairy, wheat, corn or pork.
This year I’m going to read my Bible every day. My best friend Peter got me a daily Bible that has made it really simple to read through the entire Bible in a year.
This year I’m going to exercise daily. Maybe not a P90X session every day, but at least some sort of physical activity.
This year I’m not going to watch TV.
This year I’m going to pray more.
This year I’m going to listen more for what God is asking me to do. This year I may even do it.
I know that I really don’t need a milestone like this to make these decisions, set my focus and start doing them. But having this prominent start date will allow me to remember, keep track, take stock on my 46th birthday, and see just what a difference a year can make.
Heck, no need to wait until your birthday or New Year’s Day to commit. Why not join me and start today?
What sort of things would you like to do this coming year?