Thank you to my many Facebook friends who have wished me a happy birthday today. My ability to respond to each and every one of you all evaporated about an hour ago. I’m sorry! I love you all!
But today, I am spending time reflecting on the purpose for my birth some forty-one years ago.
The circumstances of my birth were modest at best. My mom was young, Dad only a little older and a navigator in the Marines. Mom went into labor suddenly and did her best to make it to the door of their small Navy base home while calling my dad on the land line. Dad was parked on a runway, prepared to head somewhere for a training mission. His CO wouldn’t release him until he found a replacement. The buddy came, plane took off and so did Dad. He met Mom with enough time to shower, grab their bags and meet her at the car door. She was extremely slow, well advanced in labor, and he was fast. I was born not much later at a very modest military hospital.
From such humble beginnings, it is hard to see the seeds of purpose. Dad and Mom did their best and I think that was great. I learned a lot along the way and met Jesus and the man of my dreams, Steve Robinson. Things were beginning to fall into place. Three kids and a busy life of medicine, missions, ministry and lots of other things later, life is full and blessed.
But at 41, I think the best part of the story is yet to come. How do I know this?
Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
Paul wrote this letter while he was in jail! If anyone has a right to think that his best was behind him and nothing but horrible things lay ahead, it would be someone in jail. But not Paul. No, he still felt God wasn’t done with him. He saw his jailers come to faith in Jesus. He had an impact on distant churches through his letters and he still made disciples into mighty leaders. All this in jail.
So, today, because I am still on this earth, I know God has more for me. He has brought me through to this point in life and He will continue to provide.
Moses didn’t undertake his greatest accomplishments until he was 80. Abraham didn’t have Isaac until about that time. I expect this year to be the beginning of great things. I expect great adventures to begin is year. And I expect God to reveal a little more of my purpose in being on this earth.
Question: what are you expecting for this year?