Sunday, July 10, 2011

Ruminations and Reflections on My Birthday.......

Frankly, birthdays have for some time now lost their charm for me.  When I was young, I can recall telling folks that "I am seven and a half; or, I am nine and a half".  But, when one is fortunate enough to live a good life into one's sixties, one would feel pretty damn silly remarking "I am sixty-six---and a half".  Ha.

But, here I sit, contemplating the past 67 years.  The overriding feeling I have is one of thanksgiving to God for my time on earth...being able to experience life, and love, and all the emotions that go with it.  I thank Him for giving me good parents, a good gene pool, a guardian angel who has delivered me countless times from sickness, tragedy, death...I often wonder, as I give thanks, why the Big Guy wants to keep me around.  I mean, this dream could've ended at any time along the way, but it keeps on going.  And, why is it that so many others have had their lives cut short while I have been permitted to continue on my journey? 

I suppose we'll understand it better by and by.  Or, as is mentioned in 1 Corinthians 13:12: "Today we see as into a cloudy mirror.  Tomorrow it will be face to face."

Over the years I have wondered what the meaning of life is.  I have wondered what I am supposed to accomplish, what impact I am supposed to have on society, and on others.  I think I finally figured out that I am supposed to enjoy my life and look to God for leadings.  I am supposed to pray and give thanks for all I have and try to love my neighbor (just about impossible) and love God and remember to be humble and be an example for others.  If I do that, the Big Guy will say to me, "Well done, good and faithful servant".

Much love to all.


  1. have a fantastic birthday, clint! xoxo

  2. Happy, happy birthday to another July baby... I think we're on this Earth to learn to feel and express joy too. And I hope you have a year full of it!

  3. Happy Birthday! Have a great day! God bless you!

  4. Happy birthday Clint and welcome to the 67years old.


  5. Happy birthday Clint and enjoy all the following

  6. Clint, I knew if I searched high and low I'd find this quote, I thought of it when you mentioned your birthday.

    "Youth is happy because it has the ability to see beauty. Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old."
    – Franz Kafka

    I have a feeling that you'll never grow old! Wishing you a very happy birthday.

  7. Happy Happy Birthday Clint, may the Lord shine forth His light on all you do, with heaps of blessings. Whats 67??? only a number! Your really eighteen inside and you always will be..Like your friend has written above, you will never grow old!!!! So get your lovely wife and go dancing. Have a great day! A big hug.

  8. Hope you are having a good birthday today. It will get a little better in about 27 minutes when the King Ranch Casserole you wanted will be out of the oven! We will need to double up on the workout tomorrow! :~D

  9. Happy birthday dear friend,blessings for Sardinia island!

  10. Brother Clint, a big AMEN to that, and enjoy a very happy birthday!

  11. Happy Birthday, Clint. And every day the Lord gives you is another opportunity to be a blessing to others, just like you are doing here.

  12. Happy, happy birthday Clint! I hope you have many more wonderful ones ahead of you.

  13. Have a wonderful birthday dear Clint. Sixty seven years on planet earth calls for a celebration.

    The King Ranch Casserole is mouth watering. I wonder if Cindy is willing to share the recipe with us.

    Blessings on another year. May it bring you good success in all you do.


  14. I wish you all the best and I hope you enjoyed the King Ranch Casserole.

    hugs and greetings

  15. I also wisch you the best. Congratulations and greetings Sabine

  16. You're a good man, Clint. God has preserved you well. Enjoy Life! And keep loving your neighbor :)

    hope it was a fun birthday

    Patrina <")>><

  17. Hi Clint -

    Happy belated birthday.

    Your presense on this planet certainly makes a pleasant and positive difference.

    I thank our Lord for your place on His earth.