april 4th - old
The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree, He shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon. 13 Those who are planted in the house of the Lord Shall flourish in the courts of our God. 14 They shall still bear fruit in old age; They shall be fresh and flourishing. Psalms 92:12-14 (NKJV)
Most of the time I am oblivious to the fact that I am getting old. There is no getting around the aging process. There are many things that I can do in order to "age gracefully"; however, make no mistake about it, I am getting older and there is nothing that I can do to stop the process of aging. So, as I look to the future, will I be relevant in a culture that worships youth? Will my life have meaning? Does God have something yet that He wants me to accomplish?
The answer to my plight is clear and hopeful. "Those who are planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish...they shall still bear fruit in old age." This is a promise that should act as an encouragement to every Believer as they approach old age. Is it possible that my best days are before me? It is possible, in
fact I am convinced that God has some very specific and important ministry that I have yet to accomplish. I will need to bear fruit in order to walk in the design of His destiny.
I may not always be able to work as long and hard as I used to; (already true!) and my job description will need to change as God raises up others to take my place; but as long as I am breathing and my heart is beating, I endeavor to be a worker in God's harvest. The Bible is full of "old guys" that made a difference. I want to be one of those guys!
As Believers approach the age of retirement, I think that more of them should think about reengaging in ministry, rather than winding down, why not ratchet it up and build the Kingdom? When you think of the word, "old", think of it pro-actively. Here are some adjectives that I attach to old: Wise, Skilled, Refined, Prepared, Insightful, Prudent, Able, Established... Like a splendid stately tree that is still bearing fruit.
Author's Note: Older people can be of great worth to the Church. They have the means to be generous. They have the experience to lead. They have the skills to be mentors. They have the wisdom to provide a solid foundation. It is a mistake to write them off or to allow them to write themselves off, because they are essential to the well-being of the Church. As we get older we turn our attention to building a church body that will effectively reach our children and grandchildren. They are a part of the fruit that we are producing as we grow old. RJD