It’s just a number. Another year to celebrate. I remember a few years back having a sinking feeling in my gut because I was quickly approaching the big 4 0. I dreaded the fact that I was getting older, further away from my days of youth. Today, I’m 42. I find that funny for some reason. It’s my geek showing. “Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy,” says 42 is the answer to the great question of life, the universe, and everything. I don’t really believe that, but it is humorous to me since it is now my age. I feel the older I get, the more appreciative I am of the smaller things that life brings me. I’m thankful I have a son who couldn’t wait to give me a card and a kiss this morning. I’m thankful for a husband who is my biggest encourager and admirer. He continues to look at me like I’m young and spunky. He’s very patient with my erratic emotions. I’m thankful for the breath in my lungs and being able to still feel younger than the age I represent. I’m thankful for the teens that are placed in my life because of youth ministry. They remind me how hard it is to grow up. I’m thankful that I know God. He gives me fuel to continue moving forward every day, especially the hard days. I’m thankful for the difficult lessons that I’ve learned in life. Those lessons have made me see God’s grace to the fullest. I’m thankful that I’m still learning new things everyday about myself, others, God, and life in general. I’m thankful for family and friends who love me for me. Yes, there are a lot of reasons to celebrate today. Forty-two years ago I begun this journey called life. I hope that I will always embrace the opportunities that God places before me. I hope that I will learn to be more positive and not let life’s obstacles get me down. I hope that I will be mindful of others and cautious with my words. I hope to be more grateful. I hope that I will let God lead me more instead of trying to take the reins myself. I hope that I will always find humor in life and remember that yes, life is marked in numbers, but it is remembered by character.
“Forty-two!” yelled Loonquawl. “Is that all you’ve got to show for seven and a half million years’ work?”
“I checked it very thoroughly,” said the computer, “and that quite definitely is the answer. I think the problem, to be quite honest with you, is that you’ve never actually known what the question is.”
― Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy