Today, I turn 60 and enter the winter of my life. I am starting it off with a bang! Tomorrow, I am having three teeth extracted, getting a partial temporary denture, and ultimately a four-tooth permanent (implant) bridge. I’m getting old! But with age, comes wisdom; the earthly kind.
Earthly wisdom comes from life’s experiences. Those of us in the winter of our lives have a keen awareness for what is important: a strong faith, good health, and our family’s welfare. We find that if we have these three things, then we have all that we need. However, even with the 60 years under my belt, I still seek more Wisdom. When you get to my age, you find yourself asking those soul searching questions:
- Am I on the right course?
- Am I living my life doing everything I can to accomplish God’s will?
- Do I need to make amends with anyone?
Seeking More Wisdom
God’s Divine Wisdom is full and perfect. Man’s earthly wisdom is incomplete and imperfect. The Catechism defines Wisdom as “a spiritual gift which enables one to know the purpose and plan of God.” 1 Oh, how I would love to receive that as a 60th birthday present! Then, I would be able to answer my soul searching questions, with confidence.
In case I don’t get what I’d like for my birthday, I will rest assured that if I veer off course, Christ will steer me back in the right direction. I know that if there is something more to accomplish, God will place the task in my lap. And lastly, if I need to make amends with anyone, speak up!
Now it’s time for me to take the remainder of the day off, because a person turns the big 6-0 only once (Thank God!). Happy birthday to me!
1 Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2nd Ed. Vatican City: Libreria Editrice Vaticana, 1997. Print. p. 903