Every year around this time I become exceedingly grateful. Yes it is time for my birth day. I can't say I'm one of those that is big on celebrating with a bang or anything, honestly it just causes me to reflect more so than normal on my life (thank you once again Kayce Clark, Strader.. LOL). It never really seems to matter what the circumstances are at the time, this season opens my eyes to how blessed I am, however this year I can't imagine having a better few days surrounding my birthday as I get to do the things I love ministering the Word, hanging out with youth, seeing my spiritual parents and spiritual children, visiting with friends and family, wow.... I'm so excited.
When I think about the fact that I'm going to be a quarter of a century old I realize God has done more in me and through me than I ever thought possible and it's only been 25 years. I know that for the last 10 years of my life I have truly been seeking after Him and His will for my life and I have been blessed beyond my comprehension. Realizing how good these years have been, makes me SUPER PUMPED for the next 25. I know there will be more change, more victory, more of His presence, more of His tasks, more love, more intimacy, better relationship with Him, better relationship with friends and family, more of this joy filled life that I love.
Beyond just thankful for who God is, how He has made Himself real in my life, how He has blessed me, I'm so thankful for those people He has put in my life. Now I know I do this every year, but I just can't let a birthday pass without giving some recognition to the fact that I'm not where I am because of me. I'm not still following after Christ just because of me, I'm not full of joy just because of me, I'm not in full time ministry because of me, I didn't travel Africa preaching the gospel because of me, I'm not blessed because of me. There have been tons of mentors, friends, family members, pastors, youth pastors, co-workers, professors, and more who have taken time at one point or another in my life to pour into me and to pray for me. Once again I just say thank you.
I look back over the years and certain key moments of my life and I see how God always made sure that someone was there to speak the Word into my life. There was always someone challenging me to fight the good fight of faith. God has never stopped placing people in my life that encourage me, convict me, teach me, and to this day I still have those people in my life that walk through this life with me and prod me onward.
This life is a blessing. Through the good, the bad, the ugly, the laughter, the tears, the highs, the lows, God is faithful through it all. Thank you for sharing in this journey with me. Right now in my life I am happier than I've ever been, more blessed then I've ever been, more full of faith than I've ever been, stronger than I've ever been, more in love with Jesus than I've ever been and I know as I continue to pursue after God next year I'll be able to say the same thing, and the next, and the next and the next.
Be Blessed, J. Tate