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George A. Bowers Sr.: Resolve your unfinished business
By George A. Bowers Sr.
It's hard to keep your age a secret when you receive a walker in front of your congregation to "honor" your 50th birthday (thanks Dale and Norm!). Nevertheless, it is a reminder that none of us are getting any younger and that we're all heading up, over, or down the hill. While I have no plans of leaving here anytime soon, one of my grandfathers died unexpectedly at my age, which injects a dose of reality into this otherwise lighthearted milestone.
It was also a little sobering to hold funerals just prior to my birthday for two wonderful public servants who died too young. Both of these individuals had incredible accomplishments and made wonderful contributions to our society that have and will benefit us all. At the same time, each left behind some unfinished business as well. Projects and plans that were in the works but that never got completed. Good ideas that never made it off the drawing board, or even out of the brain. We all have some of these around our homes, in our workshops, at our jobs, or in our minds.
Turning 50 reminds me that I'm not going to have time to do all the things I want to do and that I must choose how to spend my remaining days on this earth wisely. Since some business will inevitably be left unfinished, what is most vital for me to complete? As I've thought about that question, let me offer some criteria that may be helpful to others who are considering the same issues.
George Bowers is the pastor of Antioch Church of the Brethren in Woodstock and the author of four books, including his latest book of poetry, "Wit and Wisdom of the Woods." He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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