Thoughts on turning 37

Today’s a big day for me, not just because it’s Epiphany. It just so happens that 37 years ago today, I was born.

Not that I had much to do with it. Dad and Mom were largely responsible. Mom says it was a very long labor. I’m sure she would’ve preferred doing something else for more than 33 hours!

I just know that, to this day, all my fingers and toes are in the right places. Pretty amazing given the migraine medication my mom was told to take during her pregnancy. Not to mention the presence of a Dalkon Shield!

The odds were certainly stacked against a healthy birth. So, I’ve been thinking a lot today about the hand of God in my life even then.

A co-worker just popped in and said, “Let me be one of 300 to say ‘Happy Birthday.’ The world is a better place because you’re in it.” All I could think of was how honored I am to be here. I’m humbled by what God’s allowed me to accomplish in the first 36 years. And I’m pretty excited about what He’s got instore for the next hundred or so.

And I love that He chose to have me be born on Epiphany. On this day, we celebrate God’s revelation of His incarnate son, Jesus, to the Magi. It would’ve been enough if He’d just come for the Jewish people. But He was so excited, He couldn’t wait to get the word out! So the first leaders to worhsip Jesus were really smart goyim from a long way away.

I want my life to be like that. I want to be used by God to help really smart leaders see His reality in tangible ways in their lives.

And, being born today, I like to think He wants that for me too.

Marc A. Pitman

Marc A. Pitman helps leaders lead their teams with more effectiveness and less stress. The author of "Ask Without Fear!®," he is the founder of The Concord Leadership Group and FundraisingCoach.com. He's also the executive director of TheNonprofitAcademy.com and an Advisory Panel member of Rogare, a prestigious international fundraising think tank. He is the husband to his best friend and the father of three amazing kids. And if you drive by him on the road, he’ll be singing 80’s tunes loud enough to embarrass his family! You can connect with him on Google+, on Twitter @marcapitman, and like "Ask Without Fear!" on Facebook. To get his free ebook on 21 ways to get board members engaged with fundraising, go to http://thenonprofitacademy.com/21waysebook

This Post Has 13 Comments

  1. Jim Hughes

    Happy birthday, Marc, and I’m glad to know that the prime number your wife was talking about wasn’t much more than the 29 I guessed! Blessings to you as you serve.

  2. Marc A. Pitman

    Thanks Jhimm!

    Unfortunately, the link isn’t opening. Is there a way to see it on the web?

  3. jhimm

    i have his homilies in my RSS. they’re usually pretty brilliant (and short 😉

  4. Rob

    Happy Birthday to you Marc and to your Mom for bringing you to us.

  5. Marc A. Pitman

    Thanks Rob! I’ll pass on you kind words. 🙂

  6. Janice

    Happy Birthday Marc! I am so glad God decided that you were needed here on earth.

    Jan

  7. Yvette

    I just read your post and I turn 37 on the 17th and I was freaking out that I have wasted my life, your post made me think that maybe my life has gone just as he has planned for me. It helps.

  8. scott

    Sorry Marc,

    I turn 37 and there is nothing that will make me feel good about it.

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