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Today I turn 75!! I always thought that 75 was Old, and it is. For some reason which is a mystery to me, God is not finished with me as yet.

I’ve been saying to myself for some years now — “I want to do as much as I can, for as many as I can, as well as I can, for as long as I can.” And several times today I’ve prayed to the Lord, “Remember, Lord, only the good die young!” A favorite Peanuts cartoon comes to my mind today:

In the first frame of the Peanuts cartoon, Lucy is saying, “I want to talk to you, Charlie Brown.” In the next frame, she continues, “As your sister’s consulting psychiatrist, I must put the blame for her fears on you!

”In the third frame, Charlie Brown literally shakes and almost screams, “On me?” And Lucy responds matter-of-factly, “Each generation must be able to blame the previous generation for its problems.” She concludes in the last frame, much to Charlie Brown’s dismay, It doesn’t solve anything, but it makes us all feel better.

It may make us feel better to fix blame on people other than ourselves, but the feeling is short-lived. In order to grow spiritually, we have to accept whatever responsibility belongs to us.

Blaming everybody else is great, until you’ve got nobody around to blame but yourself.

Sometimes you have to shut up,
Swallow your pride and
Accept that you’re wrong.

It’s not Giving Up.
It’s called Growing Up…..
Growing Up Spiritually.

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