My Birthday Milestone – Completed 60th Trip Around the Sun!

Wow! I feel like a 30-year-old, look like a 40-year-old (ha), sometimes act like an 18-year-old, but I checked my driver’s license today and it said I was 60! Yes, 60! 60 trips around the sun. Where does the time go?

I reflect this day on how rich I am … Rich toward God, my wife, my son and daughter-in-law, grandson, my mom and family and blessed with many great friends. Life has had its bumps and bruises, but God orchestrates my path. Jesus apprehended me at 17 years of age and redeemed me by His grace. I had my plan, but He wrote a better story. At times I have wondered about His script, but I’m glad I didn’t miss the greater adventures. I don’t know the future plan, but I will¬†BET THE FARM ON GOD.

I’m convinced that out of the seven+ billion people on planet Earth, God cares about me personally. I am a most cherished son of the Most High God. I walk into the future with confidence, believing my best days are still ahead. Daniel at 85 influenced governments. Caleb at 85 was still taking on giants and claiming one more mountain. John Wesley at 88 still preached and traveled thousands of miles on horseback. Billy Graham is 99 and continues to influence many. Moses wasn’t even called into service until he was 80, and John wrote Revelation in his 90’s. Youth has its advantages, but so does age and experience. I may be starting my Fourth Quarter, but I’m convinced my best days are still ahead.

Jim Downing, 104, spoke to our Capitol Commission Ministers.

When life finally comes to an end one day on this side, it will in no way be the end of the story. In fact, as C. S. Lewis puts it, all the adventures we have ever had will end up only being “the cover and title page.” Only then will begin “Chapter One of the Great Story, which no one on earth has read, which goes on forever; in which every chapter is better than the one before.” THIS IS MY CONFIDENT EXPECTION AND HOPE … THEREFORE, I CHOOSE TO LIVE TO THE HILT EVERY SITUATION I BELIEVE TO BE THE WILL OF GOD.


  1. It has been a busy October with speaking opportunities and a key meeting. God has opened doors of opportunity. You can see the full schedule on this website under “SCHEDULE.”

2. I recently met with our Capitol Commission Chaplains from states around the country. It was exciting to know that there are now chaplains from 20 nations around the world, including Israel and Venezuela.

Jim Daly, President of Focus on the Family

3. Men’s lives are changing at the Giving Hope Retreat Center. I take men with me monthly to invest in other men. One man I have been working with may soon start working in ministry.

4. Pray for my time teaching at the Forcey Men’s Retreat, Capitol Commission Missouri Banquet, Leader Faith Forums and Bible studies.

Helping Louisiana’s Leaders,




My Birthday Milestone – Completed 60th Trip Around the Sun!

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