I don’t usually watch television very much – especially in the mornings. It just doesn’t set a very good tone for my day. However, this morning was one of those rainy days that required an extra cup of coffee and a few more minutes of down time. I turned Robin Roberts and her GMA team on for a few minutes just to say hello and found out she turns 50 next week. She is marking this milestone with a feature called “Fifty and Fierce”. I understand that title. Just two Saturdays ago I turned 53. (No, I am not one of those women who minds telling her age. I am just proud the Lord is not finished with me yet.)
I love being fifty-something. My children are both happily married and seem to enjoy the time we spend together. I have two wonderful grandsons who make me feel thirty-something and my husband and I are having the time of our lives in every way that counts! I am living more in the moment and enjoying the time I get to spend with friends. I am not worried about what others think of me and I don’t criticize myself as much as I used to. But, this shift in mindset isn’t as much age-related as it is God-related. More and more, I understand what the apostle Paul said in Philippians 4, “I have learned how to be content with whatever I have. I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.” My life is not perfect and I am certainly not perfect, but I do know The Perfect One and He makes all the difference.
Life with Jesus gives me a positive outlook because I know He talks to God about me (John 17) and together they plan how the Spirit is going to lead me into the blessings they have waiting on me (John 14). They have plans for my future that will prosper me and not harm me (Jeremiah 29:11). They hold me up when Satan tries to knock me down (Ephesians 6:10-18). They give me the ammunition I need to destroy negative thoughts (Philippians 4:8-9). They give me courage to live a life that gives peace to those who have none (John 16:33). But, most of all, They remind me in hundreds of ways every day just how glorious heaven is going to be and this gives me hope (1 Thessalonians 3:13-18). They do all this just because they love me.
So, I am pledging right now to continue counting my blessings and living fiercely for God for the next fifty years (or as long as He wants me here) because I have learned a thankful life is a blessed life! Want to join me?