By almost any measure I am an old man. By the calendar, the scars, the painful joints, and the odometer, I have been here for a while!
But, I am not done yet!
Things I would like to do, or have, but probably will not.
- Own a Honda Gold Wing motorcycle. The Little General vetoes this one.
- Own or build a 1937 Ford flat-back sedan street rod. Bank account says “No way Jack!”
- Visit Scotland, the home of my ancestry. Maybe…
- Get a tattoo. I don’t have an answer! I just like a meaningful, tasteful tat, that’s all.
- Catch a bass over 14 lbs. Could January be the magic time?
- Live to see my 6 grandchildren grown up. …and be healthy when I get there.
- Spend a day on the lake with Hank Parker.
- Compete in a NASCAR race. Hey! It’s my list!
- Hike the Appalachian Trail with my brother. At least several miles of it.
- Have dinner with Newt Gingrich.
Things I should do and can do but probably will not.
- Write poetry again.
- Write content on GraceDigest.com that is what I enjoy, and less what I think needs to be written.
- Write a book. This is a completely selfish pipe dream and I don’t even have a pipe!
- Seek out more preaching opportunities. It helps me stay focused on what is most important.
- Smile more on purpose even when it doesn’t come easy.
- Stay in touch with old friends even when they don’t respond in like kind. I need what they offer, even when it’s difficult to get it from them.
- Watch the news on TV less. I have actually been doing much better on this one. It makes me negative and cynical.
- Give more attention to focused prayer, especially intercession. When Jesus taught the disciples how to pray He taught them to intercede for others and he taught them to pray together.
- Encourage more prayer in the small groups I am a part of.
- Become a better man. Trust me, I know where to start.
Things I regret.
Oh sure, I have a list but I’m not telling you! If you really think you need to know ask God, I told him.
I am full of thanksgiving for all the manifest ways God has blessed my life. I completely understand that I don’t deserve one tiny good thing, every good thing is a symbol of God’s grace toward me.
I have nothing legitimate to complain about. My life is full and rich and wonderful. Tomorrow will be another chapter in a love story about a God who loved a sinner and showed it.