another year older

The older I get, the quicker time seems to pass. Today begins the last full week of the school year- unbelievable! Even more so is the fact our youngest will walk across a stage Friday night in his maroon cap and gown excited to close this chapter and begin the new one entitled ‘college’. Wasn’t it only yesterday I was walking him over to his first day of kindergarten? My how his daily presence in our home will be missed!

Then there is the age dial. Seems like a short time ago I moved it up a notch yet here I am again taking it to a new level today. Rather than outright tell my age, I’ll give it to you in equation form:

3x + 65 = 76

Anyone that interested will need to brush up on his or her algebra skills. Whether anyone solves this mystery or not, I look at the age and am shocked by the advancing number. Yet I’m thankful for every year God has blessed me with and hope the dial keeps spinning for many years to come. With that hope is a prayer inspired by Solomon’s story.

Solomon in all his wisdom has taught me much. Toward the end of his account in 1 Kings, I see a lesson of what not to do as I grow older.

“As Solomon grew old, his wives turned his heart after other gods, and his heart was not fully devoted to the Lord his God, as the heart of David his father had been.” 1 Kings 11:4

While Solomon loved God he also loved women. So much so that he married 700 ladies and kept 300 concubines. Paul wrote in the New Testament that people who stay single should do so because their can be more fully focused on Christ. Wonder what Paul would write about 1000 women… at the same time!

As I study Solomon’s life, I see how he got distracted. Loving the world and placing other people above God landed him with a heart less than fully devoted.

Lord, my prayer on this my birthday is that as I grow older I may be more fully devoted to you. Be my guide as we go deeper. May my desire for you be greater than anything or anyone else. Be my focus, God, and my first and greatest love! Amen!


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