Well it’s my birthday again today. I say again because it seems like it was just yesterday I was celebrating the day of my birth last year! While I usually share articles dealing with counseling issues here, today I want to ramble a little and share some of my thoughts about life as I know it pertaining to birthdays.
First of all I have noticed a tendency over the past several years to get a little melancholy on my special day. Not sure what is behind this but I suspect it has something to do with the people who at one time I was close to who are not in my life anymore.
I have, of course, lost some to death. This past year my brother-in-law Hal Fletcher, who has always inspired me, lost his battle with cancer on December 10, 2010. I will miss seeing Hal at family gatherings. I also lost the third lady in my life that I thought of as grandmother. Lucille Bowman Cooper Denham, “MaMa” passed away on July 1, 2011, at age 98 She made a great pot of gumbo. Thirdly, a loss that is still very painful, my sweet sister, Lanae McCormick passed this summer. She was in the habit of bringing joy wherever she went. To say that she will be missed is an understatement.
I have also lost some friends because of relationship breakdowns. My prayer is that somehow I can restore as many of these relationships as possible.
Then there are those dear brothers and sisters in Bushnell, FL. who I will miss seeing on a regular basis. While I know the move to Mississippi was God’s plan for Larke, me, and Wahoo Church, it has been one of the hardest transitions of my life.
On a brighter note, as I look around, it occurs to me that I am blessed light years beyond what I could ever feel worthy of. I am surrounded by so many friends and family members who mean the world to me. I am married to my best friend. I have four wonderful kids who make me proud every day. And grandkids… don’t get me started!
I sat down recently and made a list of my goals for the coming year. I share these with you because, well, that’s what we are supposed to do. I ask you to pray for me and hold me accountable by asking me how I’m doing with my goals (I will gladly reciprocate if you would like). Here they are:
- To maintain at least 10 counseling relationships. Counseling is my passion. I love helping people find God’s answers to the difficulties in life that we all face.
- To read at least 2 books each month. I read slower than most so I am being a realist here.
- To improve my writing skills. I want to be a better blogger. I would also like to write a book.
- To write and record at least one song per month. Got to get back to my music.
- To read through the Bible. Currently using the One Year Bible on my IPhone You Version App. This is a great Bible program for free. I like that it is portable. I can read it in line at the WalMart Pharmacy (There is always a line at WalMart Pharmacy!).
One final thought: I don’t think it is coincidence that I woke up with a song in my head that I haven’t heard or thought of in years. This song is what I want whatever time I have left to be about:
One day Jesus will call my name
As days go by, ‘hope I don’t stay the same.
I wanna get so close to Him that it’s no big change,
On that day that Jesus calls my name!