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My Birthday
by Mike Keating on Wednesday, 28th of May 2014

Well, [last] week I turned a little bit older. I clocked over the 57 years. Some very kind people think I still look 40 but I think they were not wearing their glasses at the time.

 

I am not a big fan of birthdays. When I was growing up, birthdays were often times of disappointment, trauma, and sadness. Since coming to Jesus, I am learning that people can be sincere, loving and safe but I am still learning this slow and hard lesson.

 

I don’t like the fact that my body hurts a bit these days, but I am so glad that I don’t have volcano pimples, raging hormones, and ignorance of youth (how silly was I back then to think that I know everything). There are some benefits in being a little older and hopefully a little wiser.

 

Some years ago I did an exercise of trying to figure out what on earth am I here for. I have come to realise that I can’t please everyone – not my staff, nor the church, or the ACC movement, and sadly even my own family. I can’t even please me! So, what is my life mission? What purpose does God have me here for?

 

So, using the work of Laurie Beth Jones, “The Path”, I worked out my own personal “mission” statement. This involves identifying the values that are really important, and how to live them out in the life of  others.

 

Here it is: “My mission is to INSPIRE, ENCOURAGE, AND TRANSFORM people in my sphere of influence to life an authentic and abundant life in Jesus.”

 

I find this resonates very deeply with my core values. It is what I get out of bed for. It is what I hope I can continue to do for many years more subject to God’s grace and good health. 

 

13 Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, 14 of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (Phi 3:13-14 NKJ)

 

- Ps Mike