Today I complete my eightieth trip around the sun. I always knew that there was a chance I might become an octogenarian, but I had no guarantee where I would be or what I would be doing when I got there. I was convinced that growing old was mandatory, but growing up was my choice. So I set as my goal to grow up before I got too old. The greatest thing that ever happened to me was when I decided to follow Jesus and not the path others picked out for me. Was it easier? No! Was it worth it? Yes! But what makes it so exciting is that my journey down here on earth is only the beginning, and the place where I am headed has no end.
I choose not to focus just on my birthday itself but to celebrate what God has done in my life since my birthday. To thank Him for bringing me this far by faith. To also thank all those around me who have contributed to my reaching this occasion in good health and growing more content every day. At this age, when I read certain lines about the elderly that would have caused me to frown when I was younger, they now make me smile and laugh as I nod my head in agreement.
For instance, I read where someone said, “As you get older, your secrets are safe with your friends because they can’t remember them either!” And I also heard years ago the as you grow older, you want everyone to think that you are younger because of the way you look. But once you reach old age you want people to know just how old you are and have them tell you that you don’t look like that old at all. Also, when you’re young, the world looks so big, and you want to explore every inch of it, but as you advance in age, your world gets smaller and you are so glad that your exploration days are over.
But the most significant dimension in my life influences and affects my human nature is my spiritual nature. I am still not finished learning how to please and serve the One who saved me and brought me out of the darkness of ignorance about sin and Satan, and ushered me into the light of His Word as my Redeemer, the Lord Jesus Christ. Reading the Bible today is just as exciting as it was when I started years and years ago. I want to please my God by giving Him more and more of my time and energy. By loving and learning about Him more, has helped me to love and learn more about those closest to me. My wife, my children, my grandchildren, and even great-grandchildren.
So now that I am 80 years old, is that enough? Oh No! I’m excited about the next year because God has great plans for me and my wife, the one I hold most dear and close to my heart. Do I know everything that will happen? Of course not! Am I afraid of what will happen? Not in the least. When you walk hand-in-hand with Jesus and the Holy Spirit every day, there is no spirit of fear, only confidence that all things will work together for good to those who love God, and those He has called for a purpose. – Dr. Robert R Seyda


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About drbob76

Retired missionary, pastor, seminary professor, Board Certified Chaplain and American Cancer Society Hope Lodge Director.
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