The life and times of the Godfrey ten.

An Event Driven Life

We live event driven lives. Lives fueled and marked by events, that come full circle as we near the end. In fact, I believe it has always been this way, just reference the Old Testament. Everything was an event, a celebration to be recognized and honored. Even our very time line is based upon a miraculous event, the Birth of Christ.

The events begin even before we are born; the baby shower. Technically you were there, but practically you had no idea what was going on, but it was all for you and your momma. An event with presents, cakes, ooohs and aaahhhs, and luckily no men around. Then there is the birth, another huge event, celebrated now-a-days throughout the universe via blogs, facebook, twitter, you name it, it is an event, and it is celebrated as if you were the very first birth on earth.

Then comes the first birthday, a big one, not for you but for your folks. You are now a number, not a baby, you have a number, you are 1. They proclaim it proudly, “He/ she is one. Our baby is growing up way too fast.” Then every year the main event is your birthday, up until about 21. Other mini-events pop up in between, graduations, first job, driver’s licenses, first iphone or ipad, you know the important stuff. You will continue to have a number for the rest of your life. Sure once you reach 40, the number will fade a little and pop up every 10 years.   But at around 21 things start shifting from birthdays to weddings. Your best friends, your college buddies, they are all over the place. Everyone is getting hitched and they want you to celebrate with them. A huge, once in a lifetime ( prayerfully) event!

After that, it is anniversaries; The first one is huge, number five a biggie, 10 amazing, and everyone above that ends in zero must be celebrated as if it is the last. After about 20 of those, the events again start to change. Birthdays, not a big deal, but the funerals start to creep in. Slowly at first, but more frequently as your birthday and anniversary numbers increase. Some funerals are painful, as the family has no hope in Jesus, no knowledge of eternal life and God’s kingdom. But some, the good ones, they are the ones who leave strong families, families that inspire, they grieve for their loss, but are happy for the eternal joy of their loved one. They are the hardest events to wrap you mind around. If they are young it is much harder, if they are old and have a lived a full life in Christ, it can be happy. Even then, it is always somewhat sad. I have already been to way too many of them, but there are likely more to come.

After that, and if the Lord blesses you to live into your later years, then you have the grandchildren event, and soon a 50 year anniversary. Then it once again turns full circle. Birthdays again become important. 80, amazing, 90 outstanding, 100, well everyone needs to be here for that one. That one is as big as number 1. Once again you become a number, you are 100. You have experienced thousands of events, births, birthdays, marriages, anniversaries, funerals and more. Your have witnessed the full circle, you have experienced it all. You are to be revered, your wisdom to be gleaned, and your spunk to be admired. And it all started before you were born, it all started when he knew you before you were formed. And in the end, at the final event, the most important one of all, the only thing that matters is that you, in return, know Him, and accept Him and the world’s most important events that fulfilled his life and spared yours, His death and resurrection as your own.

John 3:16

5 responses

  1. There’s a lot of wisdom spoken in this blog Glen; you’re a man of deep insight and we are thankful for you.
    From someone who is entering that 2nd half of life (if I should live to 100), I resonate with your thoughts and am beginning to truly understand the phrase “there’s nothing new under the sun.”
    With all of it’s joys, life still has a way of throwing curve balls, and so “Keeping my eyes on Jesus” is my hope and peace.
    Thank you LORD for your Son!

    December 12, 2011 at 8:24 am

    • Thanks for the very nice comment Tami.I don’t know if it is wisdom as much as I have a lot of random thoughts while I sit here in front of my computer. I start typing, and voila there it is. We really appreciate you guys, and hope you have a very Merry Christmas.

      December 12, 2011 at 8:56 am

  2. Carmen Jobe

    Thanks for Sharing your insights. My husband passed away last September. This Christmas seems a little tougher than last year. You have inspired me to make 2012 a year of celebrations & making memories with my 2 young sons.

    December 12, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    • I will be praying for you Carmen. I know after my Dad passed in 2002, the next few Christmas’s were way different, and now that we are away from home, this one is already quite different. It sounds to me like you have the right attitude though, and I honestly think that is the best thing you can do is make it as special as you can for the three of you, start some new traditions, and do the best you can. You have made it this far and I know that our God will give you the strength to make it all the way. May God bless you and your children richly this Christmas season and may you feel his presence where there is emptiness in your heart.

      December 12, 2011 at 7:22 pm

  3. Roxie

    If there was a “like” button I’d click on it. Merry Christmas Godfrey Clan!

    December 14, 2011 at 10:26 am

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