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In Spike Lee’s movie, “Do The Right Thing,” Spike’s diner employee character periodically reminds his employer character that the salary he works for and expects to be paid is “two-fitty a week.”    


Understand if you will that the term “two-fitty” translated equates to two hundred and fifty dollars.  The “fitty” part of “two-fitty” is actually slang for “fifty.(You probably knew that…my bad…) 


As you read this (depending upon the date), I will either be having or have had another birthday. 


However, for me this will not be just another birthday.  By Sunday, September 25, 2005, per the grace (2 Corinthians 9:8, Titus 2:11), mercy (Psalms 36:5; 57:10; 62:12), and longsuffering love (Psalm 86:15) of my Abba (Romans 8:15, Galatians 4:6), I will arrive (or have arrived) into what man has determined via the Gregorian calendar system, at the half-century mark of life.   


I will be “Fitty.”


To date, I am grateful to God for many things, but at this milestone period of my life, I am especially and extremely grateful for His allowance of me to have lived thus far with a heartfelt desire to acknowledge Him, honor Him, and praise Him.


I haven’t always had this mindset or mentality, but I am thankful that I have it now.


Though I’m not as able in several areas to do things as well as I could in my more youthful years…and the hair is grayer than it is black (though the Bible tells me that’s a good thing – see Proverbs 20:29); I am most appreciative of the talent, abilities, and potential God has given me thus far, and yet allows me to exercise and retain.


All in all specifically for this submission, I thank God for my “fitty” years on this world He created (Genesis 1:1, Exodus 20:11).


I purpose to strive to do more for my Abba for the rest of my life in relation to what I’ve sought to do in honor of Him during my first forty-nine years.


As my Pastor is so fond of saying, “I’m just getting started.”       


 Paul Schneidmill © Copyright 2005