The ONE THING for today

80 does arrive (Happy Birthday to the world’s greatest dad)

  • Psalm 90:12 (NKJV) So teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.

A number of years ago I took Moses’ prayer seriously about numbering our days that we may gain a heart of wisdom.  Moses understood that a daily reminder of the shortness of life and the passing of time can be a great catalyst for gaining wisdom.

This picture is abut four years old, but one of my favorites of my dad.   He's the "old" man in the picture--holding his great grandson (David Lee) and sitting with his grandson (Lee) and me.

This picture is abut four years old, but one of my favorites of my dad.
He’s the “old” man in the picture–holding his great-grandson (David Lee) and sitting with his grandson (Lee) and me.

I’m not sure why (I guess it seemed like a long way off at the time) but I chose the age of 80 as the point of reference to measure the passing of days against.  I calculated the number of days that I had left until age 80 and I also did this with my parents (as a reminder to treasure the days I have with them on this earth).

I have faithfully marked off the days ever since making those calculations, and here’s the kicker: 80 arrived—today is my father’s 80th birthday.

When I started those many years ago there were thousands of days left until dad turned 80 but little by little—day by day, week by week, month by month, and year by year the days dwindled away and now day-80 has arrived.

I’ll not put words in my dad’s mouth (I’ll ask him later this week when I plan to sit down with him and reflect on his first 80 years); but I imagine that many of the things that seemed so important when he was my age are not so important.  I imagine that many of the ambitions, absolutes and annoyances of his younger years are not even on the radar today.

To be honest it’s hard to believe that my dad is 80—life passes by so fast.  Truthfully, I’m afraid that much of the stuff we hold so important is not really that important.  Life is too short for most of our little ambitions.  Most of the hills we’re willing to die on are not really worth dying on.  The grudges, grieves and beefs that eat up our days are really not worth it.

Alert!  Your day-80 will be here before you know it (and that’s assuming God will be merciful enough to allow you to live that long).  So let my dad’s 80th birthday be a reminder to you—number your days so that you can obtain a heart of wisdom.

Happy birthday dad!  I congratulate you—you are my hero; when I grow up I want to be just like you (now that you are just barely in your 80s) 🙂

And by the way, I’ve made some new calculations for you: you have 7300 days until your 100th birthday!  Take care of yourself; if the Lord tarries I pray we’ll both be there to celebrate.

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