My Birthday Manifesto

I am 55 years old today.  Truth be told, I don’t like it much.  I am not handling it particularly well at all.  Time is ticking.  I am well aware of the fact that I have more days behind me than in front of me.  I’d like to believe that the best ones, though, are still ahead.  To ensure that last statement, I am making some priority adjustments in order to keep the Main Thing the Main Thing. See, I still want to change the world.

Children are still going to bed hungry.  Mammas are crying themselves to sleep at night because they don’t know how they’re gonna to feed their babies.  Daddies walk around in a haze wondering when they’re going to get a job.  Old people still can’t afford to keep the heat turned on and are terrified they won’t be able to pay for their medicine.  Married couples can’t see around their mountains of debt, much less a way out.  Divorce attorneys get way too much work and Bibles gather way too much dust.  Young people are still pointing guns at each other, and at themselves.  Cancer patients are still afraid and abortion doctors are still too busy.  Addicts are still looking for a hit. Cheaters are still taking off their wedding bands.  Soldiers are still dying.  Politicians are still lying.  Hearts are still being broken and dreams are still being shattered. Life looks grim.

But there is real hope out there.  And the world needs to know. The Word is still sharper than any two edged sword.  Light still chases the darkness.  Truth will still set us free.  Love is still the greatest thing. The gates of Hell still fall before the advance of the Church and Jesus is still Lord.

I am not as strong as I used to be, but the One I serve has strength that never fails.  My grip is not as firm as it once was, but His is still snatch proof.  My mind is not as sharp these days, but my knees still work just fine.  The prayer of a righteous man is still powerful and effective.  Jesus is still the same, yesterday and forever.

This jar of clay may crack, but brokenness will only reveal the treasure inside.  I don’t like getting older, but I refuse to sit down.  I’m taking this opportunity to serve notice:

The hungry WILL be fed.  The thirsty WILL receive water.  The naked WILL be covered.  The sick and imprisoned WILL be visited.  The lost WILL be found.  The Good News WILL be preached to the poor.  The earth WILL be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea. Death HAS been swallowed up in victory.

On this day, I declare war on the Darkness. Join me or get out of the way, cause this train is leaving the station.


One thought on “My Birthday Manifesto

  1. I’m joining you! I’ve been feeling so burdened lately that I’m living for nothing, when there’s so much still to be done. I have many physical challenges, but I can’t justify letting that stop me.

    Happy Birthday Dad. You are an inspiration. I love you so much. I miss you so much. Thanks for everything you’ve taught me and continue to teach me.

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