Happy Birthday to Me!

Horn, be thou tooted!

Yes, it is my birthday. Gifts of all denominations (that means money, not Methodists) will be accepted. You can also send watches, old books, Martin guitars, Jaguars, Mustangs, autographed pictures of Ronald Reagan and Zoey Deschanel, and/or iPads.

Really, I am happy to be 46 years old, which is four years shy of half a century. Some people are older than me, but a lot are younger – many of which are stupid. Did I just say that? Yes, I did. It’s because I’m getting older and old people can say what they want.

Facing Mortality

In all seriousness, today is a day which I have been fearing for the last 22 years. When I was 24 my father died (coincidentally, he was 24 when his dad died). He was 46 years old. Now, on this momentous day, I am as old as he was when he went home to be with the Lord. Sobering, isn’t it?

My dad.

My dad.

Even though it is sobering, if not a little depressing, the though of being as old as my dad was when he died has caused me to reflect on my life. It has also caused me to think more about my wife and children who, if they had been like me 22 years ago, would only have me around six months longer.

If I die this year – and I hope I don’t, believe me! – at least my wife and kids will have insurance money, a collection of recordings of me preaching and singing, and a lot of written words. However, they won’t have ME.

That is why I don’t drive as recklessly.

That is why I am thinking more about my diet.

That is why I am beginning to work out.

That is why my journal entries are becoming more pensive, thankful, and less gripey.

That is why I am trying to make sure I live the way I want to be remembered.

More than ever, I want to finish well.


Filed under Christian Living, Christian Maturity, Life Lessons, Parenting, Relationships and Family

11 responses to “Happy Birthday to Me!

  1. Happy birthday to my Internet Pastor! I couldn’t get the Methodists in the post and UK customs would have something to say about it given that Methodists are on the endangered species list over here. I can highly recommend a Fitbit as a motivational tool for controlling diet and weight, and for prompting fitness and a decent amount of sleep. At 56 it is even more of a struggle to keep the pounds off and the fitness levels up.

  2. Happy Birthday, Friend! May God bless you abundantly today and for the years to come 🙂 Thank you for your ministry here. May God bless you.

  3. Happy birthday, Anthony! I’m three years behind you. I appreciate your constant wit and your uncanny ability to say it like it is without either being rude or sacrificing truth. I appreciate you my friend. Your Dad would be so proud; I’m sure of it!

    I thank God for you.

  4. Happy Birthday Anthony! May God bless you with many more of them. I am a few years ahead of you, I’m 55. While it is difficult to take better care of our bodies, we can.do it! I’ve been working on it for about a year now. I was the consumate couch potato. If I can do it, anybody can. I look forward to your posts. Keep up the Good work. Hope you have a blessed day!

  5. Chris Jordan

    Happy birthday to my fellow pastor, blogger and internet friend! Praying that the Lord Jesus would bless you with many more wonderful years of pastoring and parenting – and impacting the world through your writing. Amen!

  6. I’m so glad you’re thinking of your family and I’m very hopeful that all your preparations are wasted efforts. May you live to be 104!

  7. Doug

    Familiar considerations. (and it was good to meet you @ Subway last weekend). I was 25 when my dad passed so I was very pensive the year my son hit that age. Thankfully I survived but with much of the same contemplation you described. And I cannot explain the growing apprehension as I move closer to 58 – the age my dad passed. While fully confident of my eternal future, like you, I am pressing hard to craft a memory worth remembering when I am gone.

    • Thanks, Doug. (BTW, it really neat to meet you! Made my day.) I’m glad you understand my own “contemplations.”

      Sadly, I’m constantly self conscious of pain in my chest. Last year I spent several weeks off without pay while I had multiple tests run. With no insurance it was very hard. I was told my heart it fine, yet they never checked my arteries. Now what do I do? Why the pain? Angina, but not heart attack? Then why not determine if arteries are blocked?

      I don’t know. Irritates me. I just keep thinking about my family and my wife and daughters crying at my funeral and that haunts me. I just wish I had solid answers and not guesses.

  8. Happy birthday! And good for you for exercising & taking better care of yourself. I was my mom’s age when I was born when she died. I’m 57 now and not far from that point – 66, so I can imagine how you feel. Anyway, happy day and many more! And yes, you can say whatever you feel.

  9. Happy Birthday! I just wrote a similar thing…http://trippingovertypeset.com/2013/09/12/on-the-field-of-life-youre-being-cheered/ really not tooting my own horn…I just get where you’re coming from! Hope you have a great day celebrating!

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