I told myself I wasn’t going to do this – not going to do the Tim McGraw thing and take time to ponder “My next 30 years..”
..but I can’t help it. Over the past week I’ve found my mind irresistibly in that place – pondering.
My sweet husband and niece planned an
amazing birthday party for my daughter and me. The day after, I spent a good portion of the day on the brink of tears. The abundance of God’s goodness can be so overwhelming at times. He has placed such precious relationships in my life.
Here are a few of the amazing things my friends did for me at the party..
I’m tearing up again as I post these pictures
I am so incredible grateful for my awesome friends and family!!
Thinking back 10 years ago about what I considered valuable in life, I can think of one significant transformation that has taken place in my mind – how I measure success.
Success has nothing to do with material acquisition. It has everything to do with relational outpouring. It’s not about living life for ‘what can I get’, but for ‘what can I pour out’.
At 20, I was focused on figuring out what I wanted for a career, making sure my husband and I purchase a house, buy a couple reliable cars, build up our savings account etc.
The Lord has revealed many things to me over the past years. It has been a bountiful and beautiful time of personal growth and maturity. He has shown me that success is measured by the level of relationships established; with Him and with people.
Am I becoming more like Christ? Am I seeking to know Him more? Am I pouring my life out to encourage, inspire and build up the people He has placed in my life?
This is what I will work towards… in my next 30 years. 🙂