Updated: Aug 26, 2020
For almost thirty years I have written in a journal. My entries have often been more on holidays and birthdays and vacations, but often reflect my faith. I almost always end with a prayer. I recommend this kind of a journal for you. It is really a diary with some comments, and if you are more disciplined than I can be a daily reflecting back of what you are experiencing.
For my faith reflection today, I would like to offer a slightly edited journal entry from my birthday, November 18, 2011. It reflects more fully my perspective of living in and by God’s grace.
Wow! Hard to believe. Tomorrow is my 59th birthday. Where does the time go? Increasingly it seems like time is going by faster than ever. Still, in retrospect I have much for which to be thankful. First of all, my family-- my wife, daughters and sons-in-law, and grandkids—are great! One could not hope for better. Second, my public life. Growing up where I did and having a rather sheltered farm life, I could not have anticipated all I have done. I have met so many people and made so many relationships over the years. Third, my vocation as pastor has been good to me, even though it has been challenging. I have learned a lot about congregations and systems and relationships. I will certainly take the knowledge and the good experience with me wherever I go. Fourth, good health. As far as I know I have no major health issues. Although I was not a star in teams sports as a junior high and high schooler, I have been able to reach many goals in individual sports in the last fifteen years or so, and most importantly have stayed healthy. Fifth, a good reputation. At least as far as I know, others think well of me. I’ve made a few enemies in churches along the way, but I could hardly avoid it. Sixth, good friends. The pastor group we have been a part of for almost my whole career has been amazing, along with other college and seminary friends. People in congregations have been good companions along the way.
All in all, I’ve had a great life so far. God has blessed me with many gifts, and it is important for us to give thanks every for the blessing of a good life.
“Lord, lead me to be grateful for all that I have, and for what is yet to come. Help me to see the ‘glass half full.’ Amen.
Pastor Roger Black