Life is filled with beacons. Times in life when someone stop and think about the past and about the future. Big beacons and small beacons.
Small beacons are things like the turn of the year – new years’ eve and new year itself. Most of the time people will make their new years’ resolutions. All resolutions are made because people think that there are something needed in their lives. So they had to look back over the year or the years that passed, and now they want to do something else in the year ahead.
Every year’s birthday are also a smaller beacon for people to think about life.
Then there are larger beacons.
For some reason, the 16th birthday is a special beacon. Just think about the saying “sweet 16”. The 18th birthday is also an important time. This is the year in which most people write their matric, and thus finish their lives as scholars. Therefore it is a good time to celebrate a transition in life.
Other beacons that are used to think about the past and the future, is 30th, 40th, 50th, 60th, and up to 100th birthdays. All of these are, mostly, rather special times in people’s lives. It must be because of the 10 year. There are a lot of things that could have happened over the last 10 years, and it gives one the opportunity to think about everything that can be achieved in the next 10 years.
2020 is such a year for me.
On 14 August 2020, I turn 40 years old. 480 months. 2087 weeks. 14609 days… Apparently it is a large beacon in life. I am going to write a little about the 40 lessons about life that I have learned in my life up to now. I am also busy making a list of my 40 favourite songs. I will be posting those in due times as well.
In 1999 I got involved in a youth ministry in a congregation in Rustenburg. Actually, I only visited the ministry as a member. In December of 1999 I became a (spiritual) leader at a youth activity for the first time. This year, and specifically in December of 2020, I will celebrate my 21st year in youth ministry. I will be writing about lessons I learned about youth ministry. I might even be able to reach 21 lessons!
In 2000 I became a leader and part of the organisational team of the above-mentioned congregations’ youth ministry. I was merely starting out as a leader. In September 2000, our congregation hosted a youth week. I was one of the organisers of that youth week. Strangely enough though, at the time of that youth week, I didn’t even have an actual relationship with the Lord. The Thursday evening of that week, the last evening of the youth week, I did what are commonly known in Christian circles: I gave my heart to God. It wasn’t a very common thing in the denomination in which I was involved. I didn’t know what should happen next. There were no follow-up program, so I knew nothing about “spiritual growth”, and what to do to grow spiritually.
In 2002 I did Service Year. I always tell people that September 2000 was my “first conversion”. In 2002 I had my second conversion. In this year I actually learned about spiritual growth, and that there are things I can and must do to become more aware of the presence of the Lord in my life.
2020 is 20 years since my “first conversion” and 18 years since mt “second conversion”. I am going to try to write doen some lessons with regards to the spiritual life and/or Christianity that I have learned.
In 2020 I would have participated in my 18th youth week in Kinross. That means that I have known the people from Kinross, Evander and Secunda for 18 years already. I have also known my best friend, Werner Marx, since 2002, and thus for 18 years now.
Up till now I am seeing a few important time periods: 40, 18, 20 and 21. Everything are rather important beacons.
The final beacon I am going to write about, are a much shorter time. My legitimation-date was 8 November 2018. November 2020 will be 2 years. 27 November 2020 will be 750 days since my legitimation. I am making this a beacon in my life. I hope that I will have a job as a pastor in a congregation by this date.
This year, 2020, I’ve had more time than I ever thought I would have had to think about the future. This year, 2020, will be the year that I think about my life.
There is a song that says, “It’s my party and I’ll cry if I want to.” I must confess, before I am going to post about my time of thinking about my life: “It’s my blogsite, and I’ll write what I want.”