I turned 43 this past week and frankly it was a bit difficult to deal with at first. Honestly, I think the issue was probably just the fact that I had expected to have accomplished a whole lot more by this stage in my life. You know; saved half the world, published nine or ten books, served a term or two in Congress, and created at least one fortune 500 company. Well, maybe not all that, but some of you know what I mean.
Some of you are in the same boat. Maybe you have the t-shirt and wonder about the stage of life you’re in. The funny thing is that this feeling is not reserved for the retired. I remember one of the young guys on our team back in Nor Cal worrying about life when he turned 20. He thought his age was getting away from him. Yup, I laughed with him and then told him to chill out. The young warrior had no idea. But what is the best course of thought when the years seem like they are slipping away? Solomon advised young men to ““Rejoice” in their youth. But what about when you’re not as “youthful” as you once were? What do you do then? (more…)
I’ve been doing a lot of different things during our interim season and one of those is just picking up odd jobs to help pay the bills. Today and one day last week I spend a lot of back breaking time digging holes around old fence pole so that we could reinforce them with more concrete. In the process, I thought about the Shrewd Manager in one of Jesus’ parables. The guy was about to lose his job and didn’t know what to do because he felt like he was “not strong enough to dig, and was ashamed to beg.” So in the turning of earth, I thought, “man I really know how that old boy must have felt.” He came to mind not because I’ve lost a job or have been dishonest, but just because I can relate to not really being built for a life of ditch digging. But I did put my back into it and was grateful for the work. I also thought about all the other jobs that I’ve had in life not including full-time Christian service. I think the best job I’ve ever had was working in the electronics department at Sears during my last year of college. I think my worst job, next to digging ditches, was working at Godfather’s Pizza between my 9th and 10th grade years in High School. I think the big issue there was that the manager was always negative toward everyone and talking behind people’s backs. It really got heated when we were all accused of taking money from the till, especially when we knew it was the assistant manager’s boy friend. What about you? What are some of your best and worst job experiences and why?