In early February I turn 55. There, I said it! It’s out in the open! I am not ashamed! 🙂
Ever since I turned 50, birthdays have affected me differently than when I was in my 30’s or 40’s. I tend to reflect more, look at my choices in a new way, and think about the idea of “legacy” so much more!
I remember at age 18 bargaining with God; telling Him that I really wanted to anticipate His coming, BUT I did want to go to college, get married, and have children. Did you do that too? All the key turning points of life were before me and I didn’t want to miss a thing!
At almost 55, God has graciously granted me that joy of experiencing all these sweet turning points. The newest turning point at 55 will be precious. I will be embarking on a new role: grandma, or Mimi, or Granny, or…………………..
However, at nearly 55, I think about my impact, the “mark” I am leaving. Have I honored the God I love? Represented the Salciccioli name well? Cared for the people in my “yard” well? and Mentored the younger generation as we are commanded to? I pray that I have. At 55, I think about these things….
How about you? What drives you to look at your life? What causes you to look at your present choices assuring yourself that you are living a life that is rich and impacting? Birthdays, the older I get, do this for me.
Heard this saying over the weekend; I believe it is true:
Andy Stanley –
“Every leader leaves a mark, what kind of mark are you going to leave?”
These are my “birthday” thoughts. 🙂
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Happy Birthday dear friend….I also have been contemplating my legacy, but not due to a birthday. It was due to a book, called Kisses from Katie. A 19 yr. old girl follows God’s will for her young life and ends up legally adopting 12 or more orphaned girls. She does not have a college degree or any medical skills, yet God allows her to show love unconditionally. She is humble and just wants to obey God. It’s so encouraging at how much one available and willing to work person can accomplish and love every minute of it! That’s a God-thing.
Have a wonderful celebration! Karina Bonn