My Best Days Are Ahead of Me
Recently, I encountered the following question on Quora:
How do you convince someone who thinks his/her best years are pre-40s (and that he/she wants to be dead by 65) that there are things to look forward to into your 60s and onwards?
Provided below is the answer I provided:
You can't convince someone. He (or she) must decide for himself his life has meaning. Without such meaning, life will feel worthless.
That written, you can encourage such a one to discover his (or her) ultimate purpose in life. In gaining such a perspective, that one can then devote his (or her) life to fulfilling that purpose.
I'm in my fifties, and I know my best days are still ahead of me. Even though my physical attributes may decline, I won't. Even though I may "look" old (and seem out of touch) to younger generations, I'm not. Sure, I may be out of touch where pop culture is concerned, but that has no bearing on my ability to relate to others (even teenagers) or my ability to connect deeply with the dreams, regrets, joys, and heartaches of the human condition.
Provided below is My Ultimate Purpose and Mission in Life. It's still a work in-progress, just as I'm still a work in progress. Perhaps you'll consider uncovering something similar about (and for) yourself.
To glorify God, be His son, and let Him love me the way He wants.
And as such...
To love, serve, and enjoy Him.
To practice everything mindfully as unto Him.
To challenge the status quo, think differently, and push beyond my current limits of thought and practice.
To follow hard after truth, goodness, and beauty.
To pursue life-mastery through martial arts practice, holistic discipline, and meditative prayer.
To empty myself into those around me by coming alongside them as their slave, and by living a life of genuine selflessness.
And, lastly, to die a good death by giving myself to God all my days, inviting Him to be a part of every aspect of my life, and serving with Him selflessly as we work and war together to unearth and awaken the very Image of His Own Beingness that was stamped in humanity at creation.
My new book, Experiments in Prayer: Monastic Practice in Ordinary Life, is now available in paperback from Amazon.
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100% of all author royalties are, most gratefully, donated in equal parts to Christ the King Church and Zoweh Ministries.
A Note to All My Blog and Social Media Friends and Followers:
I've made it a point, over the last decade, to accept friend and follower requests from any who ask. I think I've "defriended" only three or four people in the last ten years and did so only because they posted inappropriate material to one of my walls or timelines. Thankfully, it's been several years since anyone committed such a breech of etiquette.
I write all this to indicate I have many "friends" and "followers," whom I do not know personally (yet!). Lately, I've been getting countless (sometimes more than 200 a day) messages from people I don't know. Please know this: I speak a brief word of blessing over each person who sends me a message, but I can respond directly to only a few each day. If I did not discipline my activities in this way, I could, conceivably, spend my entire day every day responding to such messages.
By disciplining myself to the above social media activity-limitation plan, I in no way want to belittle or disrespect anyone or hurt anyone's feelings. My hope and prayer is that, even if I don’t respond to your message directly, you will know I cherish you and pray you'll experience God's love and grace personally and deeply. Experiencing God is the highest Good anyone could ever experience. May each of you experience such Good through your pursuits of Divine Union with Jesus Christ, the Eternal Living God.
As always, may the Lord bless you and keep you…
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Mondays: Meditative Prayer
Wednesdays: Holistic Discipline
Fridays: Martial Arts Practice