I’m half-way dead…what now?

My wife threw me a great surprise party for the Big 4-0!

My wife threw me a great surprise party for the Big 4-0!

It has finally happened…I’m turning 40. I remember when I used to think 40 was old, now it definitely seems less old than I used to think. I remember when my oldest brother turned 40, nine years ago, and I was thinking, “Wow…my brother’s getting old!” Sorry about that Dan, I no longer think 40 is old. Of course, you’re approaching 50 and that is…


Time has a funny way of putting everything into perspective. According to statistics, today I’m officially half-way dead. The life expectancy of American males is just a smudge over 80 (depending on who you ask) and at 40, I have used up half of my shelf life. There are twinkles being made today that will still be here, and still be a tasty treat, long after I’m gone.


Over the past 40 days I’ve written about where my life has come from, the lessons I’ve learned over the past 4 decades, and ultimately, I’ve revealed what I believe God wants for my life in the future: an Overboard Life that is lived by faith, out of the comfort of the boat, and out on the water where Jesus is building His Kingdom.


Joe opening cards

So unbelievably blessed by cards from all over the country from great friends. The gracious words and expressions of love were humbling and very special.

Tonight I’ve been reading over 50 different birthday cards that were sneakily sent to my wife the past month. I’ve been torn between hilarious and sentimental all evening, but have been blown away by the kind words and gracious comments by so many dear friends. One card in particular was on the sentimental side but hits the nail on the head for what I’m feeling about 40. It’s from our friend Gail in Olympia, WA:


“You’ve got your bearings, and you’re right where you should be —

at 40 and at your best, right smack between

experience and possibility and perfectly

positioned for a great new decade…”


I definitely feel like I’m in the sweet spot of life. I am confident that the best days of life are ahead and not behind, and that the story God is going to write over the second half of my life will be worth sticking around for! I can’t wait to embrace the race that is set for me, the highs and lows, the obstacles and the downhills, and through it all my prayer will remain the same: God, please use me to do your work, with your help, for your glory.


Friends, I hope you’ll join me in living the Overboard Life. I know that I can’t live this life without the help of great friends who love the Lord and want to live Overboard, too. I’m confident in the next few days, weeks and months I’ll need some encouragement to hold the course. And I give you permission to call me on it — if you see me living lazy in the comfort of the boat, call me out! Remind me that I want my life to count, and little counts when you’re living in the boat!


Thanks for following this 40-day blog, and for joining me on this Overboard journey. On Monday I have a couple of really special announcements and an opportunity for you to join me in helping to create an Overboard movement. I can’t wait to share some details with you and to see where this will take us all!


Here’s to “Life: Part 2” and to all that God has for each us as live outside the boat for Him.


Go ahead and take the plunge, life is always better on the water!

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5 Responses to I’m half-way dead…what now?

  1. dannyray says:

    Wow Joe! Happy birthday. You are an amazing man, an incredible friend and a wonderful leader. Thank you for living the overboard life and leading the overboard movement. I am looking forward to “Life: Part 2.”

  2. Joan Taylor says:

    WOW! Your BIG DAY-40 – is here! Have a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY and it sounds like you already have been celebrating. We have enjoyed following your life for the last 40 days and how the Lord has used you. We’ll be waiting to see how the Lord uses you in the next 40 years. Love you,
    Tal & Joan

  3. tracicast says:

    So proud of you and your completion of this 40-day blog series. Your discipline and focus are inspiring! I love you!

  4. Joan Taylor says:

    this is Tal and I’m waiting for that phone call you said you would make. if you want to live out the 2nd 40 years be sure to give me a call or else keep looking over your shoulder!! I know where you live. .

  5. Renee Whittington says:

    Very impressive blog! You are very talented. I have enjoyed reading what has come from your heart. Happy 40th birthday. The best is yet to come.

    Renee Whittington

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