As I write this I am one day away from a milestone birthday. I was born in 1957, so you can do the math. As I grow older I tend to reflect more on life, and here are some of the observations I have made lately.

The earth’s gravity has greatly increased in the past several years. Have you noticed this? It is much more difficult to climb stairs or get up off the couch. I know that many scientists are concerned about climate change, but I hope they are doing some research into the gravity change issue as well.

I have also pondered some of the other effects of nature. Did you realize that one bolt of lightning has enough energy to make 247,382 pieces of toast? I do not know if that information will ever be useful, but it is interesting to know.

As I grow older I am having second thoughts about my willingness to participate in family gatherings. Have you ever noticed how many obituaries include the phrase “He died surrounded by loved ones”? Being surrounded by loved ones always seems to be fatal! Why take that kind of a chance?

On a more serious note, we do tend to reflect more on our lives as we grow older. Are we making a significant impact on others? Are we becoming more like Jesus? Are we faithfully using the talents, resources and opportunities that God has given us? Are we obeying the two greatest commandments, to love God and to love people? Are we good neighbors? Are we contributing to the good of our community? Are we valuable members of the church?

These and other questions come to mind as I ponder the life that I have lived and the remainder of my life that lies before me. I certainly don’t want to waste any of this precious life that God has given me!

How about you?

“…Make the most of every opportunity.”—Colossians 4:5.

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