No wise man ever wished to be younger. Jonathan Swift
Men are like wine. Some turn to vinegar, but the best improve with age. C.E.M. Joad
A birthday is just the first day of another 365-day journey around the sun. Enjoy the trip. Author Unknown
We are getting older; are we getting better? Are we getting smarter, wiser, and more mature; and have we learned to start enjoying life? If the answer is yes, it is as it should be. If the answer is no, we have missed a turn somewhere and missed a most important lesson; one we very much need to learn.
There are many ways to look at birthdays; two of which have to do with optimism and pessimism. As we get older, are we getting better or worse? Are we learning to enjoy life’s adventures or are we increasingly miserable? Are we watching the clock and running out of time; or are we getting closer to graduating from the school of life and going to whatever lies ahead? As we get older, are we gaining wisdom and understanding; and learning to take all that happens in stride, mastering the art of learning from everything that comes our way? Do we look forward to what tomorrow brings; do we look forward to what lies around the next bend and do we have the confidence and faith to know we can handle those things that confront and challenge us?
Birthdays are mile markers that help keep us on track. They can make us feel bad, disappointed or depressed; or they can serve as a reminder to stay focused. What we get out of life is mostly up to us. It gets down to attitude. It is largely going to be what we expect it to be. This happens as the result of the beliefs and attitudes that we form in our hearts and minds as we travel down life’s road. Some have chosen the high road; learned to have high expectations and chosen to live with confidence and faith. They learn life’s lessons and use their wisdom to mold and shape life into what they want it to be. Their attitude causes them to expect life to be good. Chances are life pretty much lives up to their expectations. Some chose an attitude that expects the birds flying overhead to use their head as a porta-potty. Expectations tend to create results.
Life will try to meet our expectations. It is up to us to put forth the effort required to develop the right kind of expectations and beliefs. Birthdays are good times to make adjustments and corrections in where we are headed.
Challenge: Your attitude makes you or breaks you. If you want a better life, try working on, tweaking, and adjusting your attitude to coincide with the kind of life you want. Your attitude is the automatic pilot that takes you in a certain direction. If it is not the direction you want to go, then you must change the settings. If you want to have more control of what you get from life, put more effort into giving life better directions and instructions.
Wisdom: And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years. Lincoln
But godliness with contentment is great gain. 1Timothy 6:6
I tell you the truth; he who believes has everlasting life. John 6:47
But whoever listens to me will live in safety and be at ease, without fear of harm. Proverbs 1:33
This life is in preparation for the next life. This life should be lived with meaning and purpose. The more we learn, experience, and develop our potential, the more we will be prepared for what lies ahead. Purpose, having confidence and faith, and living proactively are the kinds of things that help to prepare us. Seeking God’s will and purpose and letting him show us the way, is the wisest thing we can ever do. We will be rewarded.
Prayer: Help me to learn to live by faith.