I’m turning 34 next week.
WOAH!!! …It feels like just yesterday I was eagerly anticipating getting my license so that I could FINALLY drive my Dad’s ’65 Mustang. And now I’m 34…when did THAT happen?
I don’t know why, but I get uncomfortable when I receive a ton of attention (positive or negative). And I know it sounds weird coming from the guy who stands on stage every week subjecting His life to public opinion, but I just always feel weird about my birthday. Last year I made my birthday private on Facebook because I didn’t want a bunch of attention. I didn’t want a party, or a dinner, or a present, or a card…so I just hid.
But this year, as this old man gets older…I have to admit there are a FEW things I really want…
#1 – I really want to know Jesus and his WORD like I’ve never known before. I want to continually be filled with His spirit, and for my ministry to be done out of the OVERFLOW of His love for me.
#2 – I really want to be a great husband to Jennifer. I want to be the only guy in her life who makes her feel loved, special, and beautiful. I want to win her heart every day, and honor God by honoring her.
#3 – I really want to be a great Dad/Father figure to Aubrey…I want to be the kind of man that she can trust, depend on, and love. One day when she is a teenager, I want to be the kind of man she can be proud of her friends knowing. And I hope she’ll never see me as the “guy who married her mom” but rather “the guy that stepped up” for HER as well!
#4 – I really want to see Oasis Church become a church FULL of people who love Jesus, love their church, and have a PASSION for reaching people who are far from God. I don’t want a big church, but I do want a big heaven. And I want Oasis to be a part of Heaven’s big story.
#5 – I really want to be a great leader, a man who is worth following. I want to be a man full of integrity & character. A man who believes the best in others, and seeks to draw out the best in those I lead.
#6 – I really want to be a simple, local church pastor. Just a guy who is giving his life to a community. I don’t want to ride on planes and sleep in hotels and speak to thousands on big stages. I just want to preach to hundreds, ride home in my car and eat dinner with my girls. And one day, with my grandkids.
I could list a whole bunch of materialistic things I want: a harley, a family trip to disney, yard gadgets, hunting gear, a pickup truck, a garage gym, or whatever… but the reality is NONE OF THAT will matter in 50 years. Which brings me to number 7…
#7 – I really want something that will matter in 50 years.