I was asleep Sunday night at 8:15pm. Seriously. The fun weekend with my family had worn me out and I was utterly exhausted. I think I read about 3 sentences of a book before I dozed off and started dreaming.
It’s funny how I took pleasure in staying up until 2 or 3 a.m. when I was in college. Just about the only time I see those hours now are when one of my kids wakes up screaming (or running to the bathroom to get sick!). In any event, it’s usually not associated with happy thoughts.
There are some things I’ve lost in my 30s. The late night lifestyle is certainly one of them. I know I’m not the only one. (When our good friends, the Ridners, were staying with us around the holidays, we turned a classic Christmas movie on and within 15 minutes 2 of the 4 of us were sound asleep). If you’re in your 30s, don’t tell me you can’t relate!
We may lose our late night lifestyle. We may lose a good bit of our “free time”. We may even lose some of our hair… But there are some things we should fight to never lose as we navigate our way through the wonderful 30s.
Let’s never lose the wonder
If you are in Christ, remember that you are destined for glory. The amazing thing is that today, even after being beaten up more by the cares of this life, you have no less share of Christ than you did the day you first believed in him. You are no less forgiven. You are no less righteous in God’s sight as you were when you first trusted in Christ for your salvation. That is amazing!
Even if your bank account is over-drafting, you are eternally rich in Christ! Even if your job is a daily struggle and an up-hill battle, or your children are slow to obey you, or your house looks like a wreck half the time, or some dreams you’ve nursed for years have been dashed in the dirt, your names are still written in heaven (see Luke 10:20). You may not feel completely happy about where you’ve been, but you can rejoice in where you are going!
One day, you will be with Jesus. God will forgive every sin, wipe away ever tear, and heal every sickness and disease. You are not yet whole, but on that day you will be because of God’s grace.
A fresh perspective
For those of us in our 30s, this is a powerful thing to consider. I think it’s easy to get calloused as we age. Let’s face it: Some of the things you’ve hoped for haven’t taken place yet. Along with the heartaches of disappointed dreams, you’ve watched many of your friends suffer and you’ve experienced your own measure of suffering. As reality sets in that this world is broken, it’s easy to lose heart and grow fearful and even cynical.
But let’s look at life from a different perspective. We’ve lived longer. We’ve made more mistakes. We’ve sinned more. Nevertheless, because of Jesus’ perfect life and substitutionary death on our behalf, we are no less forgiven and accepted by God. Rather than growing calloused, we should grow more and more amazed.
“Through many dangers, toils, and snares
we have already come.
‘Twas grace that brought us safe thus far,
and grace will lead us home.”
There are many things we can lose in our 30s. But let’s never the lose the wonder that we are fully forgiven and accepted in Jesus.
We are growing older, but take heart, you and I are destined for glory!