OK, so my birthday was just the other day. I just turned the proverbial, big 4-0! Pretty exciting! Now lest you think this blog is a response to some kind of mid-life crisis, let me disuade your fears or disdane. I promise you that I am not going to go and buy a new Corvette. Nor am I going to take up any x-game sports in an effort to reclaim my mispent youth. I am saving those items for 70. For now I am relishing this little landmark in life.
40 years is a significant number in scripture. The children of Israel wandered the desert for 40 years. And most theologians divide up the life of Moses into 40 year segments. The first 40 as a prince of Egypt. The second 40 as a shepherd with the Midianites. And the last 40 as the one who would lead Israel out of captivity by the hand of God.
Now, I have no delusions of grandeur that I will be in any way comparable to Moses. That isn't the point. It seems that these 40 year markers were significant for Moses in that God was transitioning and transforming his identity from prince of a pagan culture, to the humility of a shepherd destined to live a nomadic life while tending his Father-in-Law's sheep, to the one who was ready to bear the mantle of leadership as God delivers His people out of bondage.
So what will this marker mean to me? Is God indeed transforming my identity in some way? I honestly don't know. I have viewed myself most of my life primarily as a student in the area of ministry. I have taken in a remarkable amount of information and been exposed to some of the best and brightest in my field. I have been quite a "consumer" if you will. But what I believe that God has laid on my heart is to make a shift in this time from being a consumer to more of a producer; from mostly student to mostly teacher, if that doesn't sound too pretentious.
WIth that, I will do my best to chronicle this part of the journey in a way that is interesting, honest and hopefully provocative. Psa. 19:14 "May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer." My prayer is that God would continue to lead us all as we push on and explore what He has in mind for this next period in the history of His Church.
So that is what this is all about. I'm really not that freaked out about turning 40. Actually I think it's a pretty cool thing. Besides, isn't 40 really the NEW 30?