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. 🙂