We held a small, family gathering to honor and celebrate my sister, Rosemary’s, 80th birthday this week at her assisted living home. A milestone, for sure! Maybe more so for her as she has had more than her share of challenges in her life. Sometimes it is hard to not ask why she has had to endure so much. But, even with it all, she served 27 years as a nurse before the disabilities became too much in her life to continue working. As I age, I, too, am facing some milestones and have begun to notice my capabilities slipping away, causing me to contemplate what needs to be let go of. It can be a frustrating thing to have to adjust my life accordingly. But if there was anything our mother modeled for us, in her also difficult life, it is that you just make those adjustments and move on willingly and cheerfully with what you are capable of doing, being thankful for what is possible. None of us has or will become bitter over changes and spend an inordinate amount of time grieving what was. Instead, I want to seek out God’s plan for the rest of my life and serve in ways I am still able. He has gifted each of us in unique ways and usefulness looks different for everyone. May I have the wisdom to know when to let go of things in my life that are too challenging and yet be faithful to let God use me, as He has gifted me, for His purposes!