A Pastor Looks At 40

One of Jimmy Buffett’s most memorable songs is “A Pirate Looks at Forty.” It is a song about a man who turns 40 and looks back on his years so far. He admits that he longs to have been a pirate but is “two hundred years too late”. It is a song filed with nostalgia but also with what Thoreau so famously called “quiet desperation.”

Today I turn 40 and unlike the subject of Buffett’s song, I do not have to regret being born in the wrong century to practice my calling. This year I also celebrate 10 years of being in vocational ministry. I am now living daily my dream job as a pastor of a church, so I thought I would take this opportunity to write some thoughts on these first 40 years. Read more