Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,

Sometimes I look around and wonder where in the world the time has gone. It seems like it just goes by so quickly. Sure when you’re waiting on that bowl of ice cream with peaches it can seem like a long time, but at other times it just flies by.

This past Saturday I got calls, texts and cards. It was all because I had my 65th birthday. I had one person tell me that I didn’t look 65. After they walked away I thought that is not what my body is saying.

I remember years ago I was talking with my Dad. I told him that I was getting old. He told me that you are only as old as you feel. I thought for a moment then told him – ‘today I’m 90’! I’ve laughed about that many times because there have been other times I felt like I was over 100!

Regardless of what anyone might say, getting older can be difficult. Bro. Eugene has always said that getting old isn’t for sissies. Now that is something I would have to agree with for sure. It is tough just trying to keep ones strength up so you can do all that you are called upon to do.

My family has had some that have achieved many years in this life. My Grandma Nachtigall was 101. My Grandpa and Grandma Smith lived to near 90. Dad was 85 and Mom was 88. It just seems that longevity is in the genes of some of my family.

I have to laugh at Vicki’s dad, Bob. He is always talking about having 5 years or more left. He is now 82 and even though he has had a rough past 2 years, he is doing well. It is amazing how God has blessed him. God only knows what is ahead for him.

I have no idea what the coming years may hold for me. God has abundantly blessed me with fairly good health. I have my struggles, but all in all things are good. I have always said that I don’t care how long I live; I just want to live until I die.

James 4:13-15 says – 13 Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow, we shall go to such and such a city, and spend a year there and engage in business and make a profit.” 14 Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away. 15 Instead, you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we shall live and also do this or that.”

Our lives are a gift that God has given us. None of us know how long we will live or when we will take our last breath. We do know that we have this present moment. Even though some of the present moments may be hard, they are still a gift God has given us.

Proverbs 3:1-2a tells us that – 1 “There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven – 2 A time to give birth, and a time to die…”.

I may have turned 65 but I am still here. That means He isn’t done with me yet so my desire is to live for Jesus while I am here. My bones may hurt, but He has still given me breath. As long as I have that I want to live for Him. How about you? Will you live for Jesus?

JESUS, JESUS, JESUS, there IS something about that name!!

Christ only, always,

Bro. Paul