66 Reflections on Turning 66


66 Reflections on Turning 66

May 29, 2023

For the first part of this year, my focus has been primarily on cancer treatment, but at my birthday (earlier this month) I was able to turn a corner. In fact, turning 66 has given me a good many new things to think about. Every birthday carries a new level of importance in these days. I decided it might be helpful to write these reflections down as a way to mark this moment.

1. God is always merciful 

2. I’m both a sinner and a saint 

3. Marriage to the right person is amazing 

4. Doing meaningful things is all-important

5. Life is difficult for everyone

6. Long-term friendships are a rare treasure

7. We were made for a purpose 

8. Health and fitness matters – a lot

9. No joy like seeing your kids succeed

10. Prayer changes things (and me)

11. Those who grieve well, live well

12. Encourage people

13. Stop and appreciate beauty

14. Good sleep matters more than we think

15. Look people in the eye

16. Hugs have healing power

17. God gives us as many chances as we need

18. Ask for and extend forgiveness

19. Pay attention to promptings 

20. You don’t need to exaggerate 

21. Hang around people who help you laugh

22. Deep conversations are good for the soul 

23. Celebrate birthdays with enthusiasm 

24. Understand how your past affects today

25. Know your values and live them 

26. Remember, it’s not all about you

27. Process your emotions maturely

28. Build self-awareness

29. Remain teachable

30. Advocate for yourself

31. The Bible is authoritative – and I need it!

32. Watch how you say what you say 

33. It’s OK to be different

34. Walk barefoot in the grass

35. Don’t stop reading

36. Be a rebel for righteousness sake

37. Create a budget and stick to it

38. Write thank-you notes

39. Develop a taste for good art

40. Risk saying nice things to people

41. Risk saying hard things to people

42. Stay mentally tough

43. Fast and pray

44. Let music move you

45. Make room for silence and solitude 

46. Don’t let lust get the best of you

47. Share the credit

48. Work for God’s applause

49. Repentance is a life-long work

50. Cancer sucks!

51. Trust slowly

52. Pursue wisdom

53. Learn from history 

54. Greedy is ugly

55. Listen more that you talk

56. Choose good heroes

57. Dress appropriately 

58. Careful how you judge

59. Don’t assume you know 

60. Surround yourself with good people

61. Respect your sabbath

62. Stay curious

63. Qualify critiques with affirmations first

64. Prioritize the kingdom investments 

65. Don’t be afraid to say, “I love you”

66. Enjoy your life!!

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