A Blessing Unexpected
Yesterday I celebrated my birthday. I told the staff that it wasn’t too long ago that I could look around the room when the church staff met and I counted myself as the youngest person in the room. This is no longer the case! That’s not a bad thing. Last night Julie and I went out to dinner to celebrate. At the table I told her that I no longer needed to worry about dying young! That’s not a bad thing either.
Birthdays come and go. I have never really made a big deal out of my birthday. I am not sure why but presents given or parties thrown have never been a big priority for me. I have had a couple of surprise birthday parties but Julie has learned over the years that I don’t like surprises! But there is something that I do like about birthdays.
Today at the gym, the machine will ask me to input my age. I’ll have to pause and think. When I punch in the two digits, I will pause for a moment and reflect on something that makes a big difference in my life. I will reflect on my blessings. As I span across the landscape of my life I will see several brightly burning lights. These lights are the places where God has given me the relationships that have blessed me beyond anything I could have expected. I will think of the neighbors I’ve had, my friends and family, those people I have known and pastored among at the various churches I have served and those of you at COTHA. I will also think of those thousands of students that used to call me Mr. Proffitt and now, thanks to social media, have reentered my life. Relationships are what life is about. Too many think that money is what defines wealth. They are wrong. Relationships do.
God has blessed me beyond anything I could have expected. On this day when I pause and reflect, I thank God for revealing Himself to me, adopting me into his family, and allowing me to love and be loved by so many. It was so unexpected!