Reflections on Turning 30
Turning 30 isn’t really that bad. It came quietly last night while I was asleep in my bed. I woke up this morning and I didn’t feel any different. It’s actually kind of nice to turn 30 because I got a new iPad out of the deal. And this morning I am getting to listen to Tom Waits (not my wife’s favorite), drink a good cup of coffee, and have my wife fix me breakfast. What more could a guy ask for? I would rather be listening to Waits on vinyl with a new turntable, but a guy can’t have everything.
30, now that I think about it, that is old. It puts me into a new demographic. As I sit here listening to Waits, horns keep blowing because of a sign that was placed in my yard. The noise is rather bothersome, maybe I am getting old. I have had a bad bout with allergies the last month. Do you get sinus problems from getting old? I’ve never had them before. No, no, no, I’m not old. My good friend Steve just had a baby, and he’s in his forties. That is old! If Steve can have a baby in his forties, then I can probably do something amazing in my thirties. I might decide to become an astronaut, after all we are planning to go to Mars now and that sounds cool.
Seriously, as I reflect back on three decades the one thing I can say is that the Lord has blessed me. I have a wonderful family. I have a brother I used to fight with all the time. He once knocked out two of my teeth, and I gave him a black eye after hitting him with a rubber mallet, but now we are best friends. I have two parents who raised me right, even though I did not always act right. I have a grandmother and grandfather who taught me what it means to be a Christian. I have a wonderful wife who is the most forgiving person I know. She is also a joy to be around. I could not have asked for a better person to spend the rest of my life with. And I have a son who is the light of my life. He has changed my life in so many ways. I want to be a better person because of him. God has also given me a wonderful church family to serve. They are some of the nicest, kindest folks you will ever meet. He has also given us a wonderful place to live. La Grange is one of those small towns people want to move to. It has an old courthouse and lots of old trees. People really take pride in their town here. We are also close to Austin, one of our favorite cities. As I reflect on all these things and many more I know I serve a wonderful God who looks after his children. I hope to do a better job serving him in the decades to come.