Monday, November 25, 2013

Older, Balder, But Hopefully a Little Bit Wiser

This is a younger version of me :)

As we were eating tea last week one of the children (who shall remain nameless) said during the conversation "You know you're going bald dad!". I guess this is something I've been in denial over for some time now, but all the pretence is over once your children have told you :) At least I think I managed to respond better than Elijah when a group of lads taunted him with "Get out of here, baldy!".

It's a weird thing getting older! If I'm honest there are some bits I'm not that keen on. Not only the loss of hair but also how long it now takes me to scroll back through the years to get to my date of birth on websites. Although I do sometimes think I'm no different to how I was when I was 18 (does anyone else feel like that - and keep quite all you 18 year olds), I do realise that on the way I've picked up a bit of wisdom, which every now and again I have the privilege of sharing to try and help others avoid some of the mistakes I've made.

Tomorrow (Tuesday) night is one of those opportunities. Liam Parker has asked me to speak at an 18-25's gathering which starts at 7pm in K2 Hall where I'll talk a bit about what I've learnt, and then do lots of Q&A (no questions will be off limit!). If you're in the 18-25 age bracket it would be great to see you there - I think there was also talk of coffee and doughnuts! Just turn up.

Whoever you are there are always people younger than you who can benefit from your wisdom, and people older and wiser than you who you can learn from. One of the joys in my life is the number of "older and wiser" people God has blessed me with. Who are you investing in, and who are you allowing to shape your life.



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