How to Reach Your 50th Anniversary

Erica Parkerson is morning host at 91.9 radio, and a part of the Threshold family.
She honored Michelle and me this morning on her blog, and so I thought I would share it.
You can read more of her blog:
Lamplighter
Thanks Erica!

“He makes beautiful things out of dust… He makes beautiful things out of us…”

My pastor is celebrating his 25th anniversary today. Jeff said on Sunday morning that he wants to make it to their 50th. I liked that.

“But how do you make it to your 50th?” Jeff wondered aloud from the pulpit, his question hanging in the air, floating on perfect silence. It felt like everyone was doing the same as me during that pregnant pause, leaning forward in his or her chair expectantly. Was Jeff about to divulge the secret? Would Hollywood stars and housewives in Toledo and Timbuctu clamour to hear the sermon podcast?

Here’s what Jeff said: You get to your 50th wedding anniversary… “One day at a time. Every morning you get out of bed and you put your feet on the floor and say, ‘I’m going to love her today.’ ”

Jesus was all about TODAY, wasn’t He? It was a favorite idea of His. It was promised to us, today was, not tomorrow. God showed us with the concept of the manna in the desert. It was just enough sustenance for today.

Can you see the Son of Man sitting on a hillside, feet tucked up under his robes, hands moving to illustrate his point, calmly, deliberately, passionately saying…

“Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” – Matthew 6:34

I think we can do anything for TODAY. Tomorrow is a burden we need not bear. One day at a time, sweet Jesus…

And congratulations, Jeff and Michelle! My prayer for your beautiful marriage…

“May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus, so that with one heart and mouth you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” -Romans 15:5-6

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