Blessed at 30

Today, I’m officially leaving the late 20’s society to join the early 30’s club.

Joy asked me today how it feels to be 30 years old. When about 5 seconds has passed with just a grin on my face, she grabbed the conversation and said, “I know you must be sad one way or the other, because it seems that you’re leaving a well-loved decade for an unknown territory”. Somehow, she’s right. When I looked back in my early 20’s, I had so many dreams to accomplish. And quite honestly, almost none of them where fulfilled. That can make any person very sad.

My personal plans were not accomplished the past decade, but on the other hand, I’m blessed to acknowledge that God is faithful and was able to accomplish His plans in my life, to which I am very grateful He did — it’s far better than my plans. Can I list some? Birthday ko naman eh, :D

* I dreamed of becoming a Certified Public Accountant and climb the corporate ladder. Instead, God allowed me to do what I like best — web programming. He gave me enough strength to take the risk of forming a team of web developers that is now Team Sparow.

* I dreamed of marrying a faithful Adventist. While there is absolutely nothing wrong with marrying an Adventist, God gave me a faithful Catholic. She challenged my faith and led me to revisit my belief system. It turned out that God both lead us away from our individual religious heritage to unite under the same grace that freed us from religious legalism.

* I planned of becoming a denominational worker within the Adventist denomination. Not necessarily as a pastor, but in a capacity of, say an auditor. Instead, God still allowed me to work in his field as a church planter in a non-denominational setting.

* and lastly, the past decade of my life marks the moment where I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior and dedicated my self in full to Him. I thought I am just going to be a theologian for the rest of my life. I wouldn’t imagine how exciting it is to put theology into a relationship.

How can one be sad for not having accomplished his dreams if it was God’s hand that worked all the way? So, good bye 20s, club 30’s here I come! Better be ready for me. :D

  • http://www.deebeedee.com/blog/ daniel

    Happy Birthday, Arnold! It’s great to see what the Lord has done in your life.

    You’ll get over turning 30. I have. Now I’m dreading the big 4-OH.

  • http://www.deebeedee.com/blog/ daniel

    Happy Birthday, Arnold! It’s great to see what the Lord has done in your life.

    You’ll get over turning 30. I have. Now I’m dreading the big 4-OH.

  • arnoldgamboa

    Thanks, bro. :D

  • arnoldgamboa

    Thanks, bro. :D

  • http://www.kerentan.com Keren

    Happy 30th! :D

  • http://www.kerentan.com Keren

    Happy 30th! :D

  • http://daxi.blogspot.com daxi

    hapi bday bro! hehehe…thanx for patience… i’m over the “stupor” and decided to come back to GOD’s embrace… slowly and step by step. Hope to visit you this sunday at grace place! email mo sa akin address ng grace place…hehehe… More of GOD’s blessings to you, Joy, Johann and the rest of your family! :D

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  • http://www.got-mary.com Mary

    happy bday!! saya!!!!!!!!!! hihi… ey, may bago na po ako domain, i hope you can update it. salamat po! God bless!

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    hapi bday bro! hehehe…thanx for patience… i'm over the “stupor” and decided to come back to GOD's embrace… slowly and step by step. Hope to visit you this sunday at grace place! email mo sa akin address ng grace place…hehehe… More of GOD's blessings to you, Joy, Johann and the rest of your family! :D