Now and then you’ll come across a statement that grips your thinking and feeling, moods that will not let go for even a minute. Such is the case for today’s article.
Here’s the quote:
“Odds are, you’ll live a whole adult life that wasn’t available to your parents and grandparents. Their life expectancy at birth was fifty years. We have two lifetimes now. The life I is what occurs before halftime, and Life II comes afterward.” Bob Buford Halftime.
When I was born, my realistic life expectancy was 48-50. I am now working on my 4th part of twice my life expectancy at birth! WOW.
The first 50 years were one thing after another, with a few good times sprinkled along the journey and too many scary events. Out of the first 50, a grand marriage, four children and a few grandchildren, that number has grown exponentially, much to the joy of Joyce. Along with these blessings, Jesus Christ came into (Took over) my life and that of Joyce as well as the children. I pastored churches and traveled the country speaking in other venues. I learned to fly airplanes, touched many lives for the Lord, and looked forward to the golden years.
At the outset of the second 50, my world turned upside down with all seemingly gone. In a way thus far the second half has been a wee bit boring. But, I would not trade “boring” for many of the episodes of the first 50! (Much to the chagrin of many I am not listing dangerous episodes).
Upon reflection, you may come to the conclusions of Bob Buford, and segment your life into a long journey with a halftime mark. In my time on the earth, I identify several more changes, some cataclysmic.
When you reach a halftime marker or a 25% point, it’s good to take time to praise, despite the painful bumps along the way, bumps from which you hopefully learned a few things about people, life and Jesus. The good, the bad, even the ugly each have a lesson from The Lord, that if implemented, can lead to a richer fulfillment in the second half of this vapor we call life.
As we travel along the railway of life, keep in mind, we have a Brave Engineer!
Larry Lilly. Share as you please. For Twitter http://www.larrylilly.net/blog