Beyond Halfway - Part 1

“Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day. For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:16-17

Beyond halfway can be a very good thing. Beyond halfway done with an exam is encouraging. Beyond halfway home after a long trip is heartening. Beyond halfway finished with a home improvement project is progress.

There are other times when beyond halfway can be far less than a good thing. Beyond halfway through vacation can be saddening. Beyond halfway spending your allowance for the week can be painful. Beyond halfway in one’s life span can be challenging at best, depressing at worst.

I am beyond halfway in my life. I can see the homestretch from where I now live life. I have lived more than I shall live. I have experienced more than I shall experience. I have learned more than I shall learn. I have breathed more than I shall breathe.

Beyond halfway, I have seen that over the course of one’s life span, things change. Nothing stays the same. Life is dynamic. The old passes away and new comes. The former becomes nostalgia and the latest becomes adventuresome. What was, no longer is, and what is, won’t last very long. The old becomes wistful and life becomes a string of events leading to a predictable conclusion.

Beyond halfway, I have seen the passing of two generations of family and the advent to two new ones. Beyond halfway, I have felt the pain of losing a sibling. Beyond halfway, I have seen my precious daughters grow up and get married. Beyond halfway I have seen the birth of grandchildren and the hope that comes with new life.

Beyond halfway, I have seen changes in the culture. Cultural icons and social trendsetters cease to exist. No more Walt Disney, no more Mr. Rogers, no more Elvis, no more Ronald Reagan, no more Mickey Mantle, no more Bob Hope and the list goes on and on. 

Can it ever be good to be beyond halfway in one’s life? How could it possibly be better to know that you will live less than you have lived?

Something to think about and more to come…