Alive, Learning and Growing

I’m another year older today. Birthday-wise I’m almost in sync with the calendar year, just five or six days off, depending on how you think about it. So for me, and the calendar, another year’s over and a new one’s about to begin.

Like many people at this time of year, I find myself taking stock of my personal situation and asking questions like, Where am I in life? How’s my health? My wealth? Where am I professionally? How’s my marriage? How are the kids doing? What have I learned? Where am I going? Perhaps you are asking yourself similar questions. Although we all have ups and downs from year to year, it’s been mostly up for us lately. All in all, 2015 was a very good year for my family. God has richly blessed us, and I’m looking forward to 2016.

But beyond my life “situation” there is a deeper question, How am I?   Aside from my health, wealth, accomplishments, relationships and other external matters – How am I inside? Who am I inside? Even to me my own life is somewhat mysterious. Who can fully understand or explain themselves? I know I can’t. The best answer seems to be – I’m still alive, and I’m still learning and growing.

It feels good to be alive! And to be learning and growing. Ups and downs will happen no doubt, but Jesus has paid the price. He’s got my back, and in the big picture all is well. Resting in him frees me to be at peace and to enjoy the unfolding mystery of my own existence.  Of course I’m still learning that and growing in my ability to do so.  I hope you are too.

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“I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.” – Jesus (John 14:27 NLT)