Thirty years ago – May 14, 1990 – I was finishing my first year as a commercial truck driver with Mercer Transportation, out of Spokane, Washington, taking flying lessons, and about to travel to New Hampshire to visit my daughter. My career and my personal life were all on the line on that May day in 1990; I could only hope it was the start of something good.
It was Monday in America, and George Bush was President. Gas was $1.16 per gallon, a 1st class stamp was $.25, and the Dow Jones Average hit 2821.53. Popular TV shows included Cheers, Roseanne and The Bill Cosby Show.
None of which was of much concern to me, for I would spend the next fourteen years on the road as a driver and then as an owner/operator for Werner Enterprises out of Omaha, NE. I would soon move to the Seattle area to live on Angelica, my 40-ft sailboat. With a day off for every week on the road, it was for me the perfect lifestyle. I would see the country from corner to corner, be honored with a one-million-mile-accident-free award, survive prostate cancer, remarry my sweetheart, purchase a home in New Hampshire, and finally, retire debt-free to dedicate my final years to writing the story of my life.
Thirty years! In the span of a lifetime, an interlude that came and went far more quickly than you would think. But for me the issue is not where I have been; the issue now is where I am going. I can recriminate over past failures, wallow in self-pity, and surrender to guilt … or I can face the future with a new attitude. I plan to make these the best, most productive years of my life. Heaven awaits! I am honored, thankful beyond words, pleased that despite a life with mixed reviews there is light at the end of my tunnel … and His Name is Jesus.
And what about you? Can you remember where you were thirty years ago, on May 14, 1990? How well have you lived the last thirty years? And if you could live them over again, would you want to? Are you a better, wiser, more mature person for having lived the last thirty years, or are they years you’d rather forget?
But the question remains, and this is the question: where will be you be thirty years from now? Your last thirty, whether you like it or not, have set you up for the next thirty and will surely influence where you will be on May 14, 2050. But they do not determine, they do not make certain, where you will be. That is what your today is all about. The choice is up to you.
But one thing is for certain. Like it or not, you will be somewhere on this date thirty years from now. You will have joined a long list of men and women who were here thirty years ago — George Bush, Doris Day, Carl Sagan, Whitney Houston, Stephen Hawking, Mother Teresa, Billy Graham, Kobe Bryant, Bob Hope, and so many more — and who are now set for eternity in an existence that has been determined, not by how well they lived, but by what they did with Jesus Christ.
Jesus said, “Let not your heart be troubled. In my Father’s house are many mansions, and I go to prepare a place for you, that where I am you may be also.” He awaits your decision, for He has prepared for you an existence your mind cannot imagine. This is reality; it will happen. And what it will mean will be determined by what you do now with Jesus Christ.