Book Alert: 40 Things I Learned in 40 Years – My Birthday Reflections

“Some people say that life begins at 40. I kind of disagree with that. Life begins when you discover your life purpose, and commit yourself to it.” – Daniel C. Okpara

Tuesday, November 7, 2017.

The day I turn forty.

Usually, I don’t do birthdays, but this one is significant because of the number.

Bible numerologists believe that the number, 40, generally symbolizes a period of testing, trial or probation. During Moses’ life, he lived forty years in Egypt and forty years in the desert before God enabled him to lead his people out of slavery.

The number 40 is mentioned in the Bible over 146 times, always used for very significant events. Moses was on Mount Sinai for forty days and nights, on two separate occasions receiving God’s commandments (Exodus 24:18, 34:1 – 28). Noah was in the ark, while the rains fell for 40 days. Jesus fasted for forty days and forty nights in the wilderness before He received power to fulfill His assignment.  He ascended to heaven after 40 days. In the world, pass mark starts at 40.

These may not mean much to many, but I personally believe that forty is a period of transitioning from one stage of life to another stage.

I believe that my life is moving from the stage where it is now to another stage – a stage of more focus and commitment to God’s assignment for my life.

This period has offered me the opportunity to sit down and reflect. To think about my birth, my growing up, the community where I come from, my call, my challenges, my victories, my failures, my successes, my family, my state, my country, my wife, my children, etc.

So many things have crossed my mind as I turn forty. Sometimes I get worried that I have not done much, compared to my age mates. Other times, I try to remind myself what the Bible says in Galatians 6:4 (NIV):

“Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else.”

“I chose not to compare myself with anyone else, or measure my life with the standards of others.  I chose to test myself based only on God’s WORD for my life.”

I accept that I’ve not been perfect – I have made many mistakes – much more than I even know. I agree that I’ve not achieved all I wanted to achieve. But I’m happy that the path before me is much clearer now; and I am confident in this: that He who began a good work in me will bring it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus (Philippians 1:6).

In this book, I am sharing some of the lessons I have learned about life in this forty years. These are some convictions I have formed over the years and accepted them as realities. Some may speak to you directly and convince you further of their truths. And you may not agree with some. Whatever the case is, understand that you are reading the deep reflections of my life, and not necessarily traditions or doctrines upon which you must live your life.

The lessons that I share in this book are in no way step by step guides or something. They are not organized in their order of most important. I write them as they come. So I encourage you to read them as you see them.

One thing I’m sure however is that these lessons will impact your life positively. You will undoubtedly have many takeaways that will change your world.


Proceeds from This Book Will Go to Charity

A book written to celebrate my 40th birthday should be given out to people for free.

Don’t you think so?

I think so too.

But I also thought the best thing you and I could do is to support others at this time. The best joy I will have would be to visit the less privileged people around me and celebrate with them for my fortieth birthday.

Why?

Sometime in December 2014, I had a very big challenge that almost made me lose my faith in Christ.  You may have read the book, WHEN GOD IS SILENT. That experience made me so humble and I started to think if God really hears our prayers.

In the midst of that confusion and deep thoughts, I heard a voice that said to me:

“Whenever people are celebrating, there are others who are crying. Always remember them.”  

Was this the lesson God wanted to teach me after all?

Well, maybe.

From that day, I decided to dedicate all periods of celebration to visit the less privileged, pray with them and make a few of them smile.

My wife and I have done this since then without making any noise about it since we are only giving out the little we can afford.

As I turn 40, I remember this instruction once again.

So I want to use this medium to call on all my readers to:

  • Say something nice to me for my birthday…

The lessons in the book will bless you immensely. You’ll be touched as you read my stories, encounters, and experiences that have formed my core belief in this forty years.

But more so, your purchase will be used to go touch the lives of others.

God bless you!

ORDER LINK:  40 Things I Learned in 40 Years

 


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Daniel C. Okpara is the author of numerous best-selling books, including, What Do You Have in Your House?, Parable of the Serpent, Pillars of Excellence in Life and Business, Take it By Force, Prayer Wave, and Many others. He is the founder of Better Life World Outreach Center, a non-denominational ministry dedicated to global evangelism and equipping of God's people to live a better life. He is also the founder of Breakthrough Prayers Foundation www.breakthroughprayers.org), an online portal leading people all over the world to encounter God and change their lives through prayer. He has authored over 50 books on business, prayer, relationship, and investment.

12 Comments
  1. Reply
    sheila November 7, 2017 at 1:35 pm

    Happy birthday pastor sir.. My prayer for you is that may the Lord fufill all His purpose for you… And may you hear His lovingkindness in the morning.. And may he destroy all the enemies of your soul…Because you are His servant…

    • Reply
      Daniel C. Okpara November 7, 2017 at 1:53 pm

      Thank you so much, Sheila. I say Amen to all your prayers. I am so happy to receive this prayer from you.

  2. Reply
    Lude November 7, 2017 at 5:31 pm

    Happy birthday!
    May the Lord keep you and your family in the palm of His hands. May He continue to anoint you to reach people all over the world.
    My husband and I enjoy your work tremendously.
    Dr. Jay & Lude Hines

    • Reply
      Daniel C. Okpara November 7, 2017 at 10:56 pm

      Thank you so much beloved. Your words are so encouraging.

      Remain blessed

  3. Reply
    Barb November 7, 2017 at 6:39 pm

    Happy birthday, pastor! May Father God and his son Jesus Christ continue to bless you and your family always! I feel so blessed to have found you and your website to help me re-establish my love for Father God and Jesus Christ. I have also made many mistakes in my life but I know that Father God and Jesus forgive and love me. I’m a work in progress, and with your knowledge and guidance, I’ll continue to seek Father God’s unending love. May you have an awesome year!

    • Reply
      Daniel C. Okpara November 7, 2017 at 10:57 pm

      Praise God beloved. I’m so encouraged hearing from you.

      Thanks a lot and remain blessed in the name of Jesus Christ.

  4. Reply
    Merit November 8, 2017 at 8:24 pm

    Happy birthday…. Gods hands will always rest on you for more blessings and favour,… In Jesus name. Amen

    • Reply
      Daniel C. Okpara November 9, 2017 at 9:21 am

      Thank you so much beloved. Remain blessed

  5. Reply
    Nancy January 16, 2018 at 5:28 am

    Happy birthday Pastor
    I bought some of you books today called the how to excercise use authority over your sickness and the declaration 2018 and I wanted to get those 4 free books you have stated infront of those books can you please sent to me .
    Thank you so much
    God bless
    Nancy

    • Reply
      Daniel C. Okpara January 16, 2018 at 6:28 am

      Hi Nancy,

      The link has been sent to your email. Let me know when you get it.

      Remain blessed

  6. Reply
    Phillips owoeye January 21, 2018 at 6:21 am

    My wife discovered BLWO while searching for some prayer sites. She shared it with me and we have been using it daily.

    I thank God for raising you and for His spirits that is evidently in you (given the pungency and relevance of all we get from you).

    You will fulfil your destiny, whatever hand the enemies raise against you and your family will receive the fire of the Almighty God.

    You and your family will finish strong. Thank you for your sacrifices.

    …..Phillips Owoeye

    • Reply
      Daniel C. Okpara January 21, 2018 at 6:28 am

      Wow servant of God. I say a big Amen

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