Today is my birthday...I am 40 years old. That is an entire Biblical generation. Now I could recount my life in the normal way, reviewing the challenges, searching for meaning, viewing some of the time as lost or wasted, etc., which is my normal modus operandi. 

However, I have chosen to show you the blessings my life, over the years...there are too many to list. This is just something small...

 

 My and my oldest friend, Karl Allen

My and my oldest friend, Karl Allen

 My brother Phillip and I in our mom-made jumpsuits, with afros parted on the left lol 

My brother Phillip and I in our mom-made jumpsuits, with afros parted on the left lol 

 My brother Phillip and I in our pleather jackets

My brother Phillip and I in our pleather jackets

 my preteen/eary teen years

my preteen/eary teen years

 Running Track on the Yellow Springs High School track team

Running Track on the Yellow Springs High School track team

 Rangers Lead The Way...nuff said

Rangers Lead The Way...nuff said

 Germany was great. This is Butzbach Health Clinic squad.

Germany was great. This is Butzbach Health Clinic squad.

 At my Aunt Kathy's after I left active duty

At my Aunt Kathy's after I left active duty

 Some of my closest friends while doing undergrad at Oakwood University

Some of my closest friends while doing undergrad at Oakwood University

 My attempt at facial hair...#SECURITY!!!!

My attempt at facial hair...#SECURITY!!!!

 Baptism...and a new life. My Oakwood friends helped me grow toward this point

Baptism...and a new life. My Oakwood friends helped me grow toward this point

 One of my good friends, Rafford Smith

One of my good friends, Rafford Smith

 One of my good friends, Ian Hayes

One of my good friends, Ian Hayes

 My one and only Oakwood University Banquet

My one and only Oakwood University Banquet

 Adrinna, my close friend Ndubuisi (BC) Nwade, and I

Adrinna, my close friend Ndubuisi (BC) Nwade, and I

 

 my 2nd Family....the Battles and all those adopted by them. Love you all

my 2nd Family....the Battles and all those adopted by them. Love you all

 Batman: the first Oakwood AY sermon of 2008-2009

Batman: the first Oakwood AY sermon of 2008-2009

 Twins: Marquis Johns and I praying before he preaches

Twins: Marquis Johns and I praying before he preaches

 One of my last sermons at Oakwood University

One of my last sermons at Oakwood University


 Mom and Phillip at my Oakwood University graduation

Mom and Phillip at my Oakwood University graduation

 I was so proud of this accomplishment

I was so proud of this accomplishment

 Some of my Andrews University friends, when I went to get my Masters degree

Some of my Andrews University friends, when I went to get my Masters degree

 

 More of my Andrews University friends

More of my Andrews University friends

 still more of my Andrews University friends

still more of my Andrews University friends

 My little sister Shantel Smith

My little sister Shantel Smith

 Went home for Christmas. These are the Williams men (My mothers side)

Went home for Christmas. These are the Williams men (My mothers side)

 My Mom: the strongest, most determined lady I know, and the only one who could be a mother to Phillip and I

My Mom: the strongest, most determined lady I know, and the only one who could be a mother to Phillip and I

 My Dad: arguably the most loving man I know, and the only one who could be a father to Phillip and I (he is clearly excited about this pic lol)

My Dad: arguably the most loving man I know, and the only one who could be a father to Phillip and I (he is clearly excited about this pic lol)

 I knew I would marry her the day I saw her

I knew I would marry her the day I saw her


 Asking her to marry me was the best question I have ever asked anyone

Asking her to marry me was the best question I have ever asked anyone

 This was the happiest day of my life

This was the happiest day of my life

 Just so you know....Phillip and I cut down those trees personally

Just so you know....Phillip and I cut down those trees personally

 She is always asking me to do goofy stuff lol

She is always asking me to do goofy stuff lol

 Some things you never forget...or should you

Some things you never forget...or should you

 Brooklynn: the O'Rourke men have made it

Brooklynn: the O'Rourke men have made it

 the second happiest day of my life

the second happiest day of my life

 meet my second love, Abrielle Joy, given to me by my first love, Melissa

meet my second love, Abrielle Joy, given to me by my first love, Melissa

 The 2 dominant women of my life

The 2 dominant women of my life

 I think I may have spoiled her a little

I think I may have spoiled her a little

 As you can see she loves the camera

As you can see she loves the camera

 Our day at Disney

Our day at Disney

 Again with the goofy stuff (lol)...it's ok though. I dont mind

Again with the goofy stuff (lol)...it's ok though. I dont mind

So that's my life till 40!

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SO what happens next? I don't know, but I am excited to find out. God has given me a new life, new opportunities, a new future to write. This is unexplored territory, an unknown country into which I am headed...but I am not alone. I no longer travel life alone...I am in great company. I am, and always have been, surrounded by such a great could of witnesses, to whom I am deeply indebted and grateful to...and there are too many to remember and place here. The future is ours my friends...what will we create with it? Only God knows

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