From Anticipation to Busy-ness to Complicated…life moves on

Life_getting_complicated Do you remember what you felt like when you were younger (maybe you are still young and you are wondering what the heck I'm referring to)?  I mean, when you were about 18 to 20 years old…life was full of anticipation, wasn't it?  In my case, I was in college working on my degree…I was in Youth for Christ and moving toward my first youth ministry position in a local church.  I was always "looking forward"…anticipating how I would feel when I got to realize my ultimate goal in life – completing grad school/seminary and actually serve in a local church as a spiritual leader.  Then life transitioned into the years of having a young life as an "upwardly mobile professional"…trying to make a difference, attempting to set a reputation for yourself, juggling a young family and all the demands of children, marriage, family and work.  I remember those days and wondered how I came up for breath…but I had no idea of what this season of life would put on my emotional and "life's plate."  I've been trying to think of one word that would capture much of what is going on now that I am in my 50's (yes friends, I've had to get over that hump too).  Besides the self-focused issues of taking care of myself, eating right, exercising, getting rest, etc…the joy of getting close to celebrating some milestone years in an incredibly blessed relationship with my wife/best pal Vicky, there are the complications of dealing with the issues of loving and supporting adult children and caring for an aging parent and relative.  One day I'm tacking relationship and life maturing questions with our kids, helping with ideas on how to raise our grandgirls in a complex, ever-changing world…the next day I'm helping my dad as he deals with acute depression and my great aunt (who is 92 years young) with memory lapses, fading health, and financial demands.  Yes life is busy…but it feels more complicated.  You might know what I mean…if you don't, trust me, you will.  That's why I am so incredibly blessed with powerful support and love by my wife, my children, my friends…but the most powerful support is from an experience of the "peace that passes understanding"…you know the only place/person that comes from, don't you?

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