As part of our Diamond Anniversary celebrations, the Saltshaker is inviting worshippers who turn 60 this year to share their faith journey with all readers.
THE PASSAGE OF YEARS Sixty is just a number. At 60, I am learning how to count my blessings rather than keep track of what has been lost, missing in my life, recounting the mishaps or holding on to any negative feelings. When I was young, I led a carefree life and every night felt like a Saturday night, filled with parties and drinking. I thought time would stand still and I would stay forever young. My life changed after encountering the Lord Jesus 17 years ago and I have spent 16 of those years at TMC. “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction” (Prv 1:7)
I ask myself these questions about my 60 years on earth: • As the head of my household, have I inspired my two children and taught them the values and the beatitudes of God? • Have I forgiven and given others a second chance, offered opportunities, encouraged, inspired and given generously? • Have I been faithful and sincere? • Have I been judgmental, critical and full of condemnation? (Unfortunately, yes, many times!) Looking ahead, how do I put God at the centre of my life? How do I continue to be steadfast in my relationship with Him?
I have lost my anxiety, frustration, bruised ego, aversion to loss and my sunk-cost bias. In their place, I have found God’s unconditional love, mercy and grace to my family and myself. I have tried to live up to those blessings so freely given through my thoughts, giving, approach and attitude to life, and relationships.
I am not perfect. My responsibility is to allow the Holy Spirit to continue to transform me, step by step.
In retrospect, I am now able to smile about the things that have not gone right in my life. After 60 years, I have learned to forgive because I need to move on but I am still working on forgetting.
And as someone else said: “Take care of God’s business and He will take care of yours.”
“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well” (Matt 6:33).
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