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My Learnings this Summer

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At the intern meeting on Wednesday we went around the room asking what people had been their learnings this summer - there were some really great ones and I thought I would share here what mine has been over the past month or two.

I think I've been having somewhat of a mid-life crisis.

I'm just 32, so that either means I'll die before retirement or perhaps this is all just a bit premature. But I think the concept of death has been a bit rattling to me for some reason, even keeping me up a few nights. I have faith, I believe what Jesus said about eternity, but for some reason this was haunting me.

Maybe it was the fact that we noticed that my life insurance policy needed to be increased because our family had grown. Maybe it was because John Ortberg's It All Goes Back in the Box message (that I heard 3 times then read the book) had me fixated on it. Don't know. But I do know I came to some realizations here at the end of the summer.

Every day I am going to live and love. Live for eternity and love people.
Live for eternity - this sounds a bit cheesy, so let me unpack it. Every day I want to make a difference for God's kingdom. Maybe it's something small, maybe it's something big. I added a reminder to Outlook at 10:55 every day asking me if I made a difference in the past 24 hours. Did it count for God or was it wasted? Was someone encouraged, trained, built up, saved, changed because of my life?

Love people - again, perhaps cliche? But my heart is that every day I want to say I love you to my kids. Every day I want to kiss them. Every day I want to love and be loved. I want my wife to know I am madly in love with her. I want to be generous, forgiving and authentic. I want to make people smile, give away touch, smile too often and laugh out loud.
So there you have it - I would think that at the end of my life I would be pretty proud of that if I managed to do both of these things each day.


posted by Joshua Griffin @ 1:01 PM |

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At 8/24/2007, Blogger Julie Hibbard said...

I think "reality check" is better than mid-life crisis. You are starting to realize...a little early and good for you...what matters.
Just being loved and having fun and loving life and knowing that in the end you know where you're going.
Kiss the kids a LOT! Kiss your wife even more.
Enjoy each minute of each day. And don't blink. Time will run away from you.
I think you already do all of this.
I am just a bit ahead of you on the kid thing. And still holding out hope for the "madly in love" thing.

At 8/25/2007, Blogger Bethany said...

Maybe it's a quarter life crisis - John Mayer style. Which means you will live to be 128 years old. Does that make you feel better?!

At 8/27/2007, Blogger E.Money said...

i really appreciated what you shared!!! :)


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