'You, won't live past 25 years old." Those were the thoughts that ran through my head as a little boy. This was precipitated by a song titled, "Only the Good Die Young". I now know the song was about a boy trying to get a Catholic girl to lose her virginity to him; I didn't understand at that age what all that meant. I did hear over and over "only the good die young." It is interesting that I perceived myself to be "good". I was told that I was a good person and I tried my best to make good choices by treating others the way I wanted to be treated. I helped my aged Great Uncle and Aunt (Pop and Aunt Too Sweet) everyday with household chores and yard work without asking for anything in return. I loved going to church and was careful to tell the truth most of the time. Because of those things, I perceived myself as good and because of that perception, those words from Billy Joel's song haunted me. It wasn't until I began my relationship with Christ at 18 years old that I gained understanding that words from a song could not define my life expectancy or future. The times and seasons of my life are in the hands of the One who made me. Jeremiah 29:11 states, that the Lord has plans for my life - plans to prosper me, not to harm me, plans to give me a hope for my future. On my 25th birthday, I celebrated life with confidence knowing that I didn't need to walk in fear about my future. There is one benefit from that song: I learned to appreciate every day. So, today, on my 49th birthday, I give God honor, praise and glory for allowing me to see another year. I'm celebrating life today! The Lord would have you to know that there is no need to fear, for He is with you. He is with you in the good times and the bad times; He is with you on the mountain top or in the valley. He promises that He will never leave you nor turn His back on you. Celebrate Life today because our Heavenly Father celebrates you!