I turn 30 tomorrow.  I know many of you have seen that day come and go already and it didn’t really matter, but for some reason it has been a big deal to me.  I have actually dreaded tomorrow pretty badly for about two years now.  I’m really not sure why I have loved being “not 30” so much.  I don’t know if it has been the “there is so much I wanted to accomplish” bit, or the fact that I’m not looking forward to an awkward visit with my doctor, or this wonderful invitation created for my surprise party two weeks ago.

However, in the last few days, my perspective has completely changed.  As I have taken some serious time to think about my life, its purpose, and all that I have experienced, I have realized just how blessed I really am.  I have been blessed beyond my wildest imagination.  I have an amazing wife and two incredible, healthy kids.  I have a great family and a wonderful group of friends that I can rely on for any need.  I have a great church family that pushes me to grow closer to God.  I have a job that I love.  And I have a wonderful home.

The 30 years I have had so far have led me to a place that I would really not change for anything.  I am truly blessed, and there is no excuse for my attitude about wrapping up a quarter of my life.  That’s right, I’m living to be 120.

When was the last time that you made the effort to focus on your blessings?  Like me, do you find reasons to complain even when God’s love is so obvious in your life?

Give thanks to the Lord and proclaim his greatness.
Let the whole world know what he has done.
Sing to him; yes, sing his praises.
Tell everyone about his wonderful deeds. 
(1 Chronicles 16:8-9 NLT)

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