50 Things I've Learned in Fifty Years
By Pastor Dale Thackrah
I’m not unlike most people when I reach a particular milestone; I tend to contemplate life and think about what I have learned and more importantly, what I still need to learn. Last September, I turned 50 years old, and I thought it was about time to share the top 50 things I have learned in the fifty years I’ve been on this planet.
1. Real urgency is a scarce thing in life, yet most of us act like it’s a primary reality.
2. The more I learn about Jesus, the more I realize that I have much more to learn about Jesus.
3. The more I learn about my wife, the more I realize that I have much more to learn about my wife.
4. What I thought I knew about being a husband, was mostly wrong. I’m still learning.
5. What I thought I knew about being a parent, was mostly wrong. I’m still learning.
6. The most important lesson I have learned about being a parent is the power of looking at my children in the eyes and telling them I’m sorry.
7. The most important lesson I have learned as a husband is the power of looking my wife in the eyes and telling her that I am sorry.
8. There is safety in Jesus.
9. There is freedom in Jesus.
10. People are more complicated than I ever imagined.
11. My sin problem is bigger than I ever imagined.
12. God is bigger than I ever imagined.
13. Baseball is even better when I get to enjoy it with my son.
14. God’s grace has been much bigger than my greatest pain.
15. Being an introvert is a challenge while being a pastor.
16. I’m viewed as more serious by others than what I view myself as being.
17. I have never wasted one minute by learning something about God or people.
18. I have wasted a lot of minutes pursuing my own comfort.
19. Listening is a skill that can be strengthened with practice.
20. My parents were right a lot more than I ever gave them credit.
21. I was wrong a lot more than I ever realized.
22. Self-awareness increases with God-awareness.
23. Watching my kids compete is nerve-racking.
24. Watching my kids fail is heartbreaking and tempts me to overprotect.
25. Watching my kids succeed is exhilarating and tempts me to pride.
26. Character and integrity are more important than perceived success.
27. Leading people is the most challenging thing I have ever done.
28. When things break, they are replaceable.
29. When relationships break, they aren’t replaceable.
30. Living a quiet and peaceable life is getting more difficult as new technological tentacles reach deeper into life.
31. Saying thanks is never wasted breath.
32. Saying I love you is never wasted breath.
33. Serving others is often a challenge to my self-centeredness.
34. Buying a better cut of meat is worth it.
35. Being in debt is dumb.
36. The Bible is true.
37. The local church is God’s plan for the world.
38. World peace will only be achieved when Jesus returns.
39. My heart is capable of much more evil than I am comfortable thinking about.
40. My heart is capable of more love than I usually try achieving.
41. A waterfall is the most relaxing sound that I have ever heard.
42. Maui, with my wife, is my favorite place to be on earth.
43. It’s easy to make enemies when I only care about myself.
44. It’s easy to make friends when I only care about them.
45. The idea of eternity is becoming more real to me.
46. Confrontation is the biggest fear that people deal with, myself included.
47. The pursuit of acceptance will make people do things they later might regret.
48. Dying to self is where you can meet Jesus, daily.
49. Feelings can be appreciated, but very rarely trusted.
50. Jesus should always be appreciated and he should always be trusted.