Just this morning my daughter says to me, “Mom, you only have about 40 more years. You need to get out there and live it up. Soon your not going to be able too.” I responded with a disgruntled what are you talking about? I still have to drive her to college and then drive to go visit her. All those things that parents do when their kids grow up, start families, etc… But she was sure, I need to do a little living now because my bones were soon enough going to come to halt and I would need a cane or a walker. Go dancing now while you still can was her advice.
But here is the truth. I am starting new things all the time and I just love it. My fellow companion in ministry, she was reading this evening about different types of happiness, one of which manifested from the act of experience. This resonated with me. I do find great joy in the experience of an event, so to learn something new, is the big magical gift that belongs under the Christmas tree, wrapped up in the best shiny paper, with ribbons bouncing in curls.
Today I have that joy. Today is the inaugural event of the website pastorchicknic.com and I am about as excited as Ralph when we opens up his Red Ryder bb gun. I have plans, you see, for this media form. I have plans that are not bound by a walker, cane or my age. They are plans to keep growing and learning, always basking in the idea that I, and you, each of us, are given great opportunity to be remade and renewed each day. We get to learn new things, and share in new experience as a gift to this thing we call existence.
Jesus says, ” You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! “( Matthew 5 vs 14-16)
Getting to learn new things, getting to be creative, getting to wake up ready for a new experience is a lamp stand upon which to secure our identities, and from it our lights can shine through, embracing new wisdom, new relationships, new ideas, and new way of understanding who God is for us.
So today, all you people, go out and shine. No matter your age, fourty something, twenty something, or eighty something. Just go shine.