God’s Word for Today: 50
Yesterday, my cousin, brother Mason, and very good friend, Dave, had his 50th birthday. I believe a special celebration was held this last weekend, and I am sorry I missed it. I know it had to have been filled with joy, laughter. Of course, most friends associated with Dave have passed or are knocking on the door of this Half a Century mark, so guaranteed, there was a vast amount of wisdom shared.
Dave is one who I refer to as “good stuff”. If you want to know the honest truth about a subject, ask Dave. He will not hold back any punches. You will not feel slighted that you didn’t hear exactly what Dave thought. To me, that is character. I like open and honesty. Yes, at times this truth hurts. But, who better to lay it out there for you than a good friend who you know will always have your back?
Dave is also an avid marksman (especially with bow and arrow), hunter, guide, and all that manly, stuff. He was one of the rare few who could consistently shoot a perfect 300 score with his bow. I actually bought one of Dave’s perfectly scoring bows with the hope the talent would transfer. Not. Darn it.
Dave is also very dedicated to the fine art of motorcycle building, riding, and appreciating. He has shared this passion with his family and anyone else who has captured the freedom of 2 wheels and an open road.
Job 12:12 Is not wisdom found among the aged? Does not long life bring understanding?
I probably should have put more emphasis on the 50th birthday stuff. That is a milestone that while commonplace, is still a realization of life half over, or more. When you turn 40, the black balloons and geriatric jokes abound. But when you turn 50, a more serious note is taken on. Mortality starts calling attention to your thoughts. Your odds of doubling those 50 years, while attainable, are not that good.
Sometime, years ago, Dave chose Jesus to be his savior and guide, through life. You will have to ask Dave to share his story. I know the before and after. He was just as honest and open and a good friend before he was saved as he was afterward. But, there was a definite line that was drawn for Dave and he has lived it well. And, like hunting and motorcycle riding, openly shared his faith with his family and friends.
Dave found his wisdom and understanding earlier in life. He has used it to Bless so many others. Dave can and will share what God has done for him. Appreciate and love the life God has given you. Whether your 15 years old, or 30, or 50, or more, God has, is, and will give you, the wisdom and understanding that isn’t guaranteed with age. You can ask God for it at any time. Just like Dave…………… Amen and amen…………..