I turned 30 a few months ago. For those of you who know me, you’ll know that I was stressing out about this slightly. In hindsight, I can tell you this was rather silly of me. At the mature age of 30 and 4 months, I can see now that I am still the same person I was at age 29. But I could not see that at the time. From almost the moment I turned 29 until the day I turned 30 I was all too aware that a piece of me, my twenties, was on its way out and I needed to accept that the life ahead of me, my thirties, was inevitable.
When I spoke about my anxiety to people, most of them told me I was crazy. People who were older than me assured me thattheirthirties were a wonderful time in their life. They told stories of getting married, buying houses and having kids with nostalgic smiles on their faces. I reminded them that I did all those things in my twenties. Talking to people younger than me was no help either. Turning 30 in the mind of a 16 year-old was no different from turning 40 or 50 or 60. “How could an old person care about turning another year older?” was pretty much the sentiment I felt when talking to the teenagers in my life.
I had not realized, until the year leading up to turning 30, how much value I placed on age. I liked that I was a person in my twenties. I worried that once I entered my thirties I would miss my twenties, as if a piece of me would be missing. I was convinced I would not be the same anymore. Thirty year-old Susan would not be nearly as fun as 29 year-old Susan.
While the main topic of Tom’s sermon was singleness and marriage he was also talking about the importance of finding our identity in Christ and not in the other factors of this world. Whether you are single or married; 25 or 85; unemployed or employed; you are a fully loved child of God. We each have our unique traits and gifts that equip us to do different things with our lives. There will be circumstances in your life that cause the worldly elements of your identity to shift and change. You might find yourselves single in a season you expected to be married. You might find yourselves working a job that was not on the original career path. You might find yourself raising a house full of sons when you thought you’d be braiding hair and painting fingernails belonging to daughters. I’m reminded of the words that Tom said is his sermon said yesterday: you are just fine. God loves you and it is God that will provide the fullness you are searching for in your life.
I find those refreshing words to hear.
If you missed the sermon, you can watch it online here.
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