While I’ve always been as old as the Ford Mustang (born in 1965), it seems significant that we have both been around for 5 decades. Personally, I cannot say that I feel “50”, however, since I’ve never felt this “age” before, I’m not sure I know what it actually feels like.
As I have reflected on this milestone, I’ve spent quite a bit of time thinking about my dad. When he died, I was 17 years old. By now, I’ve lived more of my life without my dad physically present in my life than I lived having him around.
Recently I decided to count the days of his life. I discovered that on August 21, 2015 I will have outlived my dad’s life span. I’ve marked it on my calendar. With good health and God’s grace, I will live beyond his number of days. Yet, I hope that the impact of my life will be as meaningful as the impact I’ve seen that he had on others over his 50 years.
None of us know how many days we will have on earth. Hopefully, we will all see many more. I am giving the rest of my life to advancing disciple making movements through coaching, training, creating resources, and connecting disciple making leaders. It’s an honor to partner with churches, denominations and networks in multiple countries. There is nothing that I would rather do.
Just today, I had a great Skype call with disciple making leaders on three continents. I also had personal appointments with two church planters. In each of these conversations we focused specifically on how to train and equip disciple makers. I am so energized by these opportunities.
Rev. Ray DeVries, my dad, was born on May 14, 1932.
He died when he was 50 years old. Here is my dad at 50 – compared to me at 50.
Make your life count. Give yourself fully to the mission of Jesus by making disciples who make disciples.