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The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away. (Moses- Psalm 90:10 KJV)

Yes, it’s true you only turn 80 once.  For my turn, my wife and friends threw me a great celebration for my 80th birthday. Since they urged me to share some memories, I compiled my top ten maxims to live by. 


  1. God desires a balanced Christian life. (Charles Ryrie)
  2. “Reading maketh a full man, conference a ready man, and writing an exact man.” (Francis Bacon)
  3. Eating nutritiously, sleeping sufficiently, and exercising diligently made me a conundrum to my cardiologist.
  4. Bible reading is like eating, prayer like breathing, and witnessing like exercising. (Awana 1960 handbook)
  5. “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.”    (Jim Elliot, martyred missionary, Ecuador, 1956)
  6. Accurately defining requirements aids the communication process.
  7. I can’t do it all myself. I learn from many sources and need to train others.              (2 Timothy 2:2)
  8. Save early, allocate wisely, and give generously.
  9. My heart is Christ’s home; He must control each room. (Boyd Munger)
  10. I am a work in progress; the final product will be delivered to a better place— heaven.

 My friends had gathered in the Fellowship Hall.

A celebration enjoyed by all.

Limited by time and constrained by space,

I looked for words to share God’s grace.

Like Moses after eighty years, I thought deeply about life lessons I am learning until I fly away.