When I first found out that Jennifer was pregnant with our fourth child I was a little down. The main reason was that I am 39 years old. I started to realize that I would be eligible for Social Security by time this child graduates from college. It was a little depressing and made me tired…literally.
Then I started to think about it more. I have always been a late bloomer so having children later in life is all part of my life's course. Pretty much everything for me has come later. For example I grew in height later than most of my friends. I was in eighth grade before I crested five feet tall then one summer I grew 8 inches. In high school it took me a while to fill in. My senior year I grew to 6"1 but was only 154 lbs. College took me a while to finish. I graduated with my degree when I was almost 25 years old, not old for most people but at college I was one of the oldest in my graduating class. I got married when I was almost 28 years old and waited until I was 34 to have children. I was in ministry 13 years when I became a Senior Pastor.
Most of this may not seem like a big deal but I realize that I am a late bloomer. There is nothing wrong with it and it has been God's path for me. Maybe it is because that is how long it takes for me to get it, but I like to think the best years are ahead and the best is yet to come. When I look at my growing family I know it is true. As I get older God's calling in my life has become simple and clear, I am called to be the Pastor of The Village Chapel and to be a Parent. That is it and you know what? I love doing both of those more than anything else in the world.
It may have taken me a while to get it but I have it now and I am content. Think they will let me chaperone a prom when I am 60?