Thursday, October 23, 2008

Turning 40

It was the best of times. It was the worst of times.

Dickens' phrase sums up my journey through the 30s. The highest highs and the lowest lows of my life occurred in this decade.

Toward the early part of my thirties there were a number of years when my wife and I would have happily divorced to put an end to our self-created misery. My greatest failures as an individual occurred during this time. All the paths I should have taken, but didn't. I would take it all back... but I learned and I grew. Tragedy and pain are hard... but you learn .... you learn.

On the bright side, this decade saw the birth of my two children - on whom the sun rises and sets. They have taught me more about God the Father in their short lives than years of Bible study.

My wife and I also made the decision to move to Utah from Michigan in the mid-thirties. That was something no one ever foresaw... including us. We felt at the time that it was something God was calling us to. Other folks said we were running from our difficulties.

I think both views are correct.

Sometimes when the game is going bad, it is just best to reshuffle the deck and start fresh... and I think that is just what the Master Dealer did.

Considering that my wife and I are presently holding a Royal Flush, I think we made the right call.

The 40's look promising.

Because of the LORD's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning;


Redlefty said...

As long as the decade was better coming out than going in, you're going in a good direction, right? :)

Not to pry... well, OK, to pry, let me know what types of things you recommend avoiding for the early 30s phase, if you'd do it over again.

Sherry said...

Happy Birthday Andrew! (which day?)

Your post was beautiful.

As I firmly believe;

The unexamined life is not worth living.
Socrates, in Plato, Dialogues, Apology
Greek philosopher in Athens (469 BC - 399 BC)

Often the painful discoveries of our "self created misery" give way to joy and rich blessings. For instance how you love and appreciate your family and your (new) home.
It is inspiring and by looking at both one gains a great deal of perspective.

I just returned from a wonderful week in Seattle celebrating my 60th with some members of my family.
I have been away from blogging and look forward to posting something on my big six-0 and the wonderful time I had in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

Kay said...

Happy birthday! I turned 40 last July. That makes me older than you!?! :-D

Brook said...

remember that ominous feeling we used to get when listening to Randy Stonehill sing "Turning 30"? WTF?!

"Sometimes when the game is going bad, it is just best to reshuffle the deck and start fresh"
great line and thought.

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