Today marks the 52nd year that I have been alive. It doesn’t seem like 52 years have come and gone as quickly as they have. In fact, I can’t even believe that we are almost at the midway point of 2019 (what happened to the last ten years)!
But what I do know about this day, May 14th, is this is the day that God chose to bring me into this world. And since I do not believe any person is an accident (Psalm 139 says otherwise), I know He has had me here on this earth these 52 years for a reason.
Although I have not always used the days, weeks, months and years that have made up the now 52 years of life, one thing has been very apparent concerning why I have this life – to somehow, someway, magnify God’s greatness through my life so that others will seek Him, trust Him, and learn to follow Him through the acceptance and surrender to His Son, Jesus.
Since I have fumbled and stumbled so many times over the years, not representing Him very well, it amazes me that He continues to give me life. Yet, maybe it is through the struggles that I have experienced (many self-induced) that He uses this thing called “my life” to showoff His mercy, glory and grace.
I think that is part of what Ephesians 2:7-10 (NLT) is saying:
7 So God can point to us in all future ages as examples of the incredible wealth of his grace and kindness toward us, as shown in all he has done for us who are united with Christ Jesus. 8 God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. 9 Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. 10 For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.
God uses this crazy life of mine, with all the ups and downs, messes and difficulties, even the outright failures that I have had to demonstrate His grace. And believe it or not, the 52 years I have lived serve as a Trophy of His Grace (this is one of the reasons it is truly called “Amazing Grace.”)
In response to such unbelievable grace (The God-Man came, lived, died, was buried and rose again to make me new in Him), I know why He now has me here – “so we (I) can do the good things He planned for us (me) to do long ago.” (v. 10)
You know what the greatest things are that I get to do in this life? Help others know and follow Him. And to that end, I celebrate this day with so many family and friends, not because there is anything great about me, but rather, to keep using this life to help others truly “celebrate life in Christ.”
52 is looking pretty good. And I am thankful.
Until there is no place left.