51I turn 51 today. Of course the old joke is “If I knew that I would live this long, I would have taken better care of myself.” Joke or not, it is true.

My feeling today dwells on the amazing reality of the blessing of God on my life. So many people have not been blessed with the neither the quantity of days nor the quality of days that I have been blessed with. I am thankful and grateful to the Lord for his kindness and mercy.

God has put in me a desire to pastor and preach and then he gave me a place to do it. Lakeview Baptist is one of the loves of my life. My life would be so incomplete without it. Three times a week I am able to be with the people whom I love and whom I want to be with. In the meantime, I am able to read and study. It does not get much better than that.

I have a Godly, loving, and supportive wife who is truly my best friend in the world. I don’t deserve her but God has blessed me with her. Thirty-two years with her have been great.

Justin and Kelsey are joys in my life. God has been gracious to allow me to see them graduate from college. That was one of my prayers and God was kind to grant it. My time with them has been precious.

The people I pastor and worship God with are not only my family but also my friends. I love them and enjoy every moment with them. It is such a blessing to serve them and to serve the Lord with them.

I deserve none of this. God does not owe me anything. I do nothing to earn this. By grace, God has given me all this.

Today is a great day because I serve a great God who has blessed me beyond my imaginations for 51 straight years. He is faithful.