Thoughts on Turning 30

Man, I’m finally here. I feel this sense of accomplishment. I guess it’s because people often tell me I look like I’m 14. I’m kinda pumped to make the big three-oh.

Our culture worships youth. I’m no longer 20-something. I’m no longer relevant. I’m no longer the target audience. I’m no longer cool. (The jury’s still out on if I was ever cool.)

Youth worship always rubbed me the wrong way.

Scripture says,

Gray hair is a crown of splendor

The people who have had the deepest impact on my life all have gray hair. My parents. Dan Flynn. David Neidnagle.

The impact I have on the world today for Christ is crazy, rediculously more than even a year ago and exponentially more than before that. I enjoied being young, but I also mourn the foolishness of my youth. I love being 30, it’s exactly perfect. I also look forward to getting older and wiser. (Older ≠ wiser. God gives wisdom.) I can only imagine the kind of Christian I’ll be with 10 more years under my belt, or 20 or 30!

So right now you’re thinking, “wow, Billy’s pretty confident and content with his age.”

I am.

You may also think, “I wish I could feel like that.”

You can

– it’s a side-effect of following Jesus. Seriously, following Jesus won’t make your life perfect, but it’s the craziest awesome adventure on the planet. It’s what you were made for. It’s the only way to be content because Jesus is the only way to eternal life. Following Jesus will also cost you your whole life. (If you want to know more about following Jesus, you’re welcome to shoot me an email. I’d be happy to start a dialogue with you.)

16 Responses to “Thoughts on Turning 30”

  1. 1 Mike January 8, 2009 at 7:03 am

    30? To me, you are a youth!

    They say thirty is the new twenty. Yesterday, you were a “young adult.” Today you’re a “thirtysomething.” Somwhere in the last few years, the scale got moved down a bit. (Forty is also the new thirty, BTW, or so I’m told.)

    I think the ten-year birthdays are significant. Somehow they are like a right of passage, a milestone, another notch on the belt. Enjoy your new maturity, keep pressing on.

    Happy birthday, bro.

  2. 2 jan owen January 8, 2009 at 8:23 am

    Happy Birthday friend! I pray today is a beautiful blessing for you and that this year is filled with the work of God in your life. I can’t think of a better gift I could pray for for you than that.

    You’re a young thing still, but I have grey hair so I’m happy to know that allows you to look up to me. (I just cover mine well)

  3. 3 Johnny Sierra January 8, 2009 at 10:36 am

    Happy birthday Billy! You are still young my friend!

  4. 4 moviepastor January 8, 2009 at 12:38 pm

    30 is the new 29. Happy Birthday

  5. 6 Paul J. January 8, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    Happy Birthday 🙂

  6. 7 Paul Maurice Martin January 8, 2009 at 6:59 pm

    The whole measuring ourselves by our year-number idea is crazy. Health status – that’s what really counts.

  7. 8 Jeff M. Miller January 9, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    Heh, I remember 30.

    Happy b-day, my friend.

  8. 9 Don Chia January 10, 2009 at 5:21 pm


    Happy Belated B-Day Brother !…


  9. 10 Al Sr January 11, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    I remember 30 (vaguely)that makes you a young wiper snapper, we are as old as we feel, every age has its rewards !!! happy birthday

  10. 11 Joey January 12, 2009 at 8:06 am

    Man, you are in your sweet spot in life. Carpe Diem! And you are right, it is the life of Christ that keeps us young at heart. Happy B’day.

  11. 12 Karl January 13, 2009 at 11:18 pm

    Happy birthday, bro! I turned 24 this year, and can relate to the feeling old. I know 24 doesn’t sound too old, but I always thought I’d have ‘made it’ by 24. hehe Guess not. 😉 Happy birthday!

  12. 13 Chris Stout January 14, 2009 at 1:47 am

    I turn 28 tomorrow. What happened to the last ten years? That’s what I want to know. And yes, I’m getting physically older. My knee’s keep reminding me. 😦 Oh, and happy belated!

  13. 14 mtbriere January 14, 2009 at 3:20 pm

    Hello there Billy Chia.

    I’m totally cool with 30, eh-hem 38.

    I love that last paragraph. You could expand that into so much more, but it’s complete and concise in the wording. “Following Jesus will also cost you your whole life.” Absolutely. There is one particular area in my life that has me in constant complaint until I think about picking up that daily cross.


  14. 15 jordan fowler January 21, 2009 at 11:20 am

    I am turning 40 this year. You think thirty is hard try turning middle aged as your joints start to lock up.

    One blessing, Billy. You gain a new degree of respect from people for your wisdom at age thirty. People no longer look at you as a “snotty nosed kid.” Paul had to warn Timothy about not letting people look down upon his youth precisely because they were doing so. That will be something you begin to feel released from.

    Older does not equal wiser? In some ways you are correct, but when you have been obediently following Christ for a long time, the time taken (oldness) does equate to more wisdom. God has has longer and more experiences through which to teach you wisdom. It is the reason Paul tells older women to counsel younger ones.

    Congrats and enjoy your thirties before you body starts falling apart!!!

  15. 16 Megan February 3, 2009 at 10:27 pm

    Hey Billy – I’ve been away from blogging (my own, others’) for a while, and I just caught up on the last nine months of movement in you & your family’s life. I’ve also listened to God say “go” when I wasn’t sure WHERE He meant. I praise God for all His servants brave enough to be crazy for Christ, wild enough to listen & respond. I’m sure He’s doing an awesome work in and through you. It’s great to chatch up with the Chias!

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