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One thing I've learned after being 70 years-old for almost a month

My birthday cake
The birthday cake for me at my surprise birthday party

It's been almost a month since I turned 70-years-old and my family threw me a surprise birthday party.  I've been thinking a fair amount about my past seven decades of life and what I've learned.

I've made my share of mistakes and I've tried to learn from them.  I can see clearly that learning is lifelong.  Some of that learning is about life and decisions I've made and some is more factual and about things that interest me like the carrot cake in the above picture or about drones and how they fly or about telling stories through video.  You get the drift.

In the first category, I've learned that I need to be more assertive in my prayers.  I believe in God and I believe that I have 24/7 access to him and that he listens to me.  I also believe that he has given us a book of promises and assurances that I can use to get to know him more personally.

Every Tuesday I have lunch with my friend Ken.  We are reading Philip Yancey's book Prayer which raises and answers questions about the topic.  I think it has fueled our prayer engines.  

We don't have all the answers, but we know that we have a God who listens and who wants to know all of us.  

My bucket list as a 70-year-old is being rearranged.  In the top tier, I now have prayer warrior.  What's more important to me going to the Maldive Islands or talking and listening to God?

It's clear to me.

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