Today is actually my birthday. The big 35!! I don't know how you feel about birthdays and getting older, but I love it! Some people act like age is an embarrassing secret that you shouldn't share. Not me. No secret here. I've lived 35 years now and truly thank God for each and every one of them. Sure they haven't all been the greatest. In fact there have been some rough times and years. But here's the deal, if I went back to 20 I'd be erasing the last fifteen years of incredible adventure with God. Even if I went back to 30, I'd be missing out on some fantastic things that I've seen the Lord do in and through me. I don't want to claim a different age. I truly am grateful for the adventure the Lord and I have lived together thus far and I don't want to short change any of it.
It's always fun to me to stop and think of ways that I've grown over the years. Paul in Corinthians says "When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me." Do you ever stop and think in terms of your life with God and about the ways that you've grown and the childish things you've left behind? Ok, maybe fun isn't the right word for that. Maybe embarrassing is the better word there. Do you ever stop and think of some of the embarrassing things you used to do and have since left behind?
Can I challenge you today to stop and think of maybe some things that are still lingering in your life that you need to leave behind? Life with God is about progress not perfection. Therefore we are likely to always have things in our lives that we actually should take the step and leave behind. Just this week the Lord has been talking with me about worry. You would think that by now I would understand to not worry and just trust Him with it all. And I have. But there are times that I get myself into a lil tizzy and begin to worry again. And then I have to be reminded that I need to put some ways behind me and walk on ahead. What do you need to leave behind today in order to walk on ahead with God?