Birthday Ponderings

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!

About Scott Ranck

Enjoying life with my wife Gayle and our Yorkie, Zoe boy. I've come to believe life begins when through brokenness I can embrace it fully and openly. I've learned the human drama is an adventure and all of us are made of the same stuff. The Lord is the only being who knows me fully and he has an individual educational plan of life long learning for me and I'm enrolled. This blog is all about what I'm learning.
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4 Responses to Birthday Ponderings

  1. Karin Melhuish says:

    That’s funny you said that about the USB port, I’ve said that to people especially nurses who aren’t nursing anymore I’d like to have their knowledge that they’re not using anymore so I could be a nurse. Funny, we think alike a lot. Don’t ponder too much on your birthday, it can make you nuts if you let it! lol Happy Birthday Sending love and a hug from Karin

    Date: Tue, 31 Dec 2013 12:21:14 +0000 To:

  2. Tim Scanlon says:

    Keep pondering because that’s when we get the best messages. I’m sure I’ve said it before your messages and your wisdom has been a very important part of my life. I can’t wait to see and learn from your ponderings so keep it coming.

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