Grateful for 40 Years of a Blessed Life

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  • Today, the Lord has blessed me to see my 40th birthday.

    I am in shock that I am now 40. Where in the world did the time go? Let me think about it…

    • I have been following Jesus for 34 years.
    • I have been preaching the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ for 29 years.
    • I have been pastoring God’s people for 23 years.
    • I have been married for more than 14 years.
    • I have been a father for 13 years.

    Yep. I guess 40 years makes sense, after all.

    The Lord has been good to me. I am saved forever by God’s amazing grace. I have a loving wife and children. I have a great family and wonderful friends. I am privileged to be a herald for the Lord Jesus Christ. I serve a precious congregation of saints. And I enjoyed many open doors to serve others for Christ’s sake. Can a man be more blessed?

    I do not know what the future holds. But I have absolutely confidence in the sovereignty, wisdom, and goodness of God.

    May the Lord help me to number my days and live wisely, faithfully, and obediently, and fruitfully.

    I heard somewhere recently that when a man gets into his forties, he should strive to use his influence to build up others. I am not sure about that statement. I would say that we should use our build up others in whatever season of life we are in. But to whatever degree that point is especially true for this season of life, I want it to be my experience.

    Lord, you have blessed my life in so many ways. Please make me a blessing to others for your glory.

     Thanks for your kind birthday expressions. I greatly appreciate it.


    H.B. Charles Jr.

    Pastor-Teacher at the Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church of Jacksonville and Orange Park, Florida.