You know what I'm trying to say? Birthdays are opportunities to trim off fat of careless or lazy thinking. They are great times to take a lean, hard look at the years remaining. It's high time I come to terms with my future.
So this birthday, I force my self to pull off the road and ask some challenging, realistic questions. Here are a few that I'm reflecting on to appraise my remaining life onwards:
* Am I truly happy and fulfilled in my life?
* Have I been wisely and sufficiently making a consistent investment of my time, resources, and talents to serve and help people, for things that last beyond earthly life or for God's glory and cause?
* Is the present, continuing direction of my life leading me to a more satisfying, meaningful future?
* Can I honestly say that what I do now and the plans I have for my remaining years are in the nucleus of God's will for me?
Solomon, the wise, offers solid counsel:
"Remember also your Creator .... before the evil days come and the years draw near when you will say, 'I have no delight in them'; .... Remember Him before .... the spirit will return to God who gave it" (Ecclesiastes 12: 1, 6-7).