What 35 Means to Me

All Hail to the Christ Within,

God bless each and every one. You, you, and especially you are all important to me. Thank you to everyone who took the time to extend birthday wishes my way. Praise God for 35 years of life.

Before my birthday, the concept of a mid-life crisis was heavily on my mind. Popular wisdom says that at 50 years old, men generally have a mid-life crisis: the male equivalent of menopause. There is even some scientific evidence that men do have a sort of physiological menopause. By age 50, men realize that they don’t likely have another 50 years to live. And too many men try to recapture their youth by dating younger women, buying a sports car, dressing in the latest fashions for young men, and other outwardly youthful activities. Ultimately, few men feel any better after going through these changes. They find out that quite reflection—and taking a new direction in life—are much more effective. Some men, unfortunately, have even ruined their lives by engaging in reckless mid-life crisis activities.

Considering that the average life expectancy in America is about 78 years, 35 is the better time to have a mid-life reflection. Steve Harvey made a statement that’s applicable here. Most people spend their thirties making up for their twenties and their forties making up for their thirties. For me, 35 is the perfect time to hit the faith gas pedal and zoom strong toward the 40 year mark.

Father Hurley, in the Ethiopian Context Bible, discussed the 7-year life cycles at length. Here’s a brief chart, in case you’ve never heard of the concept:

1st cycle: Birth to 7 years
2nd cycle: 7 to 14 years
3rd cycle: 14 to 21 years
4th cycle: 21 to 28 years
5th cycle: 28 to 35 years
6th cycle: 35 to 42 years
7th cycle: 42 to 49 years
8th cycle: 49 to 56 years
9th cycle: 56 to 63 years
10th cycle: 63 to 70 years

According to this, I’m at the beginning of my 6th cycle of life, which carries through to the early forties.

There’s never a wrong time to start living by faith. There’s never a wrong time to increase your commitment to finding, and subsequently living out, God’s will for your life. How ever old you are, now is the time. The time is now to pursue your dreams. The time is now to obey God. As Charles Stanley teaches, “Obey God and leave the consequences to him.” You were born for a reason—a great and divine reason. There is a purpose for you being on this earth, at this time. You were born for this day, week, month, year, and generation. God has placed something unique within you that the world needs. While you may never become famous, you are famous in your world. Who do you influence? Who looks up to you? You are important.

I find myself more in-tune with the Holy Spirit than ever before. I’ve become dissatisfied with good enough. I’ve grown tired of waiting for some special moment to reach my full potential. The time is now for me.

The time is now for you. It’s your day. What can you do today to get closer to your dreams? Maybe reading a few chapters in a success book is what you need. Maybe a study of the scriptures will do you good. Maybe you should attend a session concerning the business opportunity you’ve been eyeing. Maybe you can start drawing up your vision board. There is something you can do—TODAY—to get closer to your goals. Not clear on what your goals are—well, writing down a draft of your goals would be a great start for today.

Mentally and spiritually, I feel more motivated. Thank God for this mid-life reflection the Spirit has been carrying me through this past month. Come and join in. It’s not just my time, nor is it just your time, it’s OUR TIME.

May God richly bless you one and all.

I have the honor to be your obedient servant,
Rev. George H. Latimer-Knight
Written November 12, 2016

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