So here I sit, early in the morning on my 60th Birthday. Mentally, I still think I’m in my mid-twenties but physically, I know that isn’t true. Last night a good friend told me about a wise college professor who had just passed away recently. He said, “If there was one man I would like to be able to hook up a USB port to his head and download to my head everything he knew, it would be that man.”
That has had me thinking about life and all the accumulated knowledge and wisdom we acquire over a lifetime. It also made me think of another friend who called me on Christmas Eve. I used to be this gentleman’s pastor nearly a decade ago. In his call, he said, “you don’t know how much your teaching has shaped my thinking.”
Then last night, one of the men who has been with me for the last five years in our men’s ministry had his last night. He is moving several hours away after finally landing a good job. We talked about how he could export the men’s ministry to his new environment.
I realized combining these three concepts, the remainder of my life on earth is about downloading what the Lord has taught and is teaching me to other key people who will be able to teach others as well. No matter where life takes them or me, the big life lessons God has taught me will live on. It won’t be as quick as a USB port in the brain, it will take intentional investment but it will be a purposeful way to spend the remaining decade or two or four the Lord gives me.
That is my Birthday Ponderings!