I was blessed with the opportunity to interview a 99-year-old gentleman, Earl, this spring. Today is his 100 year old birthday celebration – amazing! Even more amazing, Earl is driving, golfing, traveling and he continues to manage his farm. To date, my conversation with him ranks as one of my favorite interviews I’ve done. I mean, when he began talking about starting farming in 1938, I had to pause to comprehend that for a bit. My parents were not even alive at that time. When speaking with him, he was very clear that he believed in hard work and staying active, which has truly served him well.
My conversation with him was a reminder of how valuable life really is. God has blessed us with so much, no matter how long we spend on this earth. It is a testimony to make the most of what God has given us and live a full life. What does that mean? Does it mean to live in a way that makes me happy? Not necessarily.
It means to live a life I’m called to live & in a way that honors God.
“For this reason also, since the day we heard of it, we have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for the attaining of all steadfastness and patience; joyously giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in Light.” – Colossians 1:9-12
“He who offers a sacrifice of thanksgiving honors Me; And to him who orders his way aright I shall show the salvation of God.” – Psalm 50:23
“Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children, and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma.” – Ephesians 1-2
And it means living purposefully in our calling.
“Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil. So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.” – Ephesians 5:15-17
Life is so special, I’d rather know that I lived my best. Earl never sounded discouraged or distraught once about the life he has been given and lived out. He has a positive outlook and has seen many good and bad things over a century. The farming nerd in me especially loved hearing about the advances and changes in farming he has seen since he began!
Today is his 100-year birthday celebration and it is set to be quite the event! And it should be – so a big Happy Birthday to you Earl!
“He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace.” – 2 Timothy 1:9