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July 20th, 2009 11:37 AM by David W. Welch
When I turned 40, my wife surprised me with a big party. One of the presents I received was a flip book with all kinds of pithy sayings. I think my favorite is "the older I get the better I was." I catch myself sometimes longing for the good old days, but then I think the best days are still ahead of us. Wisdom, I think is a combination of intelligence, experience and time. When I was a teenager, I knew everything and I suppose that is typical since I have two teenagers of my own now. I saw a bumper sticker that read "hire a teenager while they still know everything." In my twenties, I was invincible. I understand the armed services really prefer people under the age of 26, because that is about the time people start to realize they are not bulletproof. In my thirties, I had it all together. I had plans for my family, my career and my finances.
Now, in my forties I realize just how much I still don't know when I try to help my children with their homework. I go for a run, and the next day I realize I should have stretched more - I am vincible. As the recession rolls into 18 months and the real estate recession marks it's third anniversary, I still have it all together. There is just a whole lot less of it to have together. This is not going to last forever, and we should all learn from this going forward just like our parents learned from the tough times they experienced. We have learned, experienced and time has forged our collective wisdom to make it stronger than it was before.
Check out www.DiscoveryChurch.org for yesterday's sermon about Gideon. My inspiration for today's blog. I'll be running some numbers on sales for July a little later too.
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