Better late than never

Feel like too much time has passed and your age is preventing you from doing something great for God and his kingdom? Don’t! Think about this line-up for a moment:

  • Moses was 80 years old when he spoke for God before the pharaoh of Egypt (Exodus 7:7)
  • Aaron was 83 years old when he stood beside Moses and stood up for God (Exodus 7:7)
  • Samuel served God and Israel as a faithful judge well into his old age (1 Samuel 8:5)
  • Both Simeon and Anna played a wonderful role in introducing Israel’s messiah to the people around the temple despite being well-advanced in years (Luke 2:25-38)
  • Paul “the aged” was a shining light of love and mercy for Jesus to the end (Philemon 9)

This list is incomplete, but your service doesn’t have to be.

Think about it, if the Lord is able to use a junior to accomplish his will, then there’s nothing that can prevent him from being ready and willing to use a senior!

So don’t let the absence of serving God in your youth prevent you from serving God now – in this case, better late than never truly does apply.

But as for you, speak the things which are proper for sound doctrine: that the older men be sober, reverent, temperate, sound in faith, in love, in patience; the older women likewise, that they be reverent in behavior, not slanderers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things— that they admonish the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, homemakers, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be blasphemed.” (Titus 2:1-5)

#age, #old-age, #serving-god

Older Doesn’t Necessarily Mean Wiser

Respect your elders! Nothing wrong with that. Our culture needs a good dose of this admonition. It’s just plain courtesy, and it’s biblical to boot! (1 Timothy 5:1-2)

But at the same time I wish more of our culture’s “elders” would respect themselves. I wish more of our nation’s elders would realize how strong their influence actually is and how strong it could be.

I read a “fortune cookie” yesterday that said: “Time makes one wise. Ask advice from someone older than you.”

While this a good rule of thumb to go by in many instances, such is not the case in every instance…have you noticed the average age of our leading politicians?

When it comes to receiving advice, spiritually speaking and beyond, there is this vital caveat to keep in mind when it comes to the relationship between age and wisdom worth passing on: “The silver-haired head is a crown of glory, if it is found in the way of righteousness.” (Proverbs 16:31)

I suppose there is a difference between time-learned and time-served, and such being the case, older doesn’t necessarily mean wiser, for one must always consider the source of the advice being given, the desired goal and how it all compares to the guidance that comes from following the righteousness of God.

I understand more than the ancients, because I keep your precepts.” (Psalm 119:100)

#advice, #age, #wisdom

Old As The Hills (Alan Smith)

===== Thursday’s Thought For The Day (April 4, 2013) =====

OLD AS THE HILLS

The census taker knocked on the lady’s door. She answered all his questions except one. She refused to tell him her age.

“But everyone tells their age to the census taker,” he said.

“Did Miss Maisy Hill, and Miss Daisy Hill tell you their ages?” she asked.

“Certainly,” he replied.

“Well, I’m the same age as they are,” she snapped.

The census taker simply wrote on the form, “As old as the Hills.”

You may have heard that our nation’s oldest person, a 113-year-old woman, died recently just weeks before her 114th birthday. The world’s oldest person in the world, according to the Gerontology Research Group, is a Japanese man, who will turn 116 next week. The oldest person ever on record was a Frenchwoman who was 122 when she died in 1997. All of these could easily be described with the phrase, “As old as the hills.”

But they are all babies when compared with Methuselah. You recognize his name. He’s known in the Bible for one thing — being the oldest person mentioned. 969 years old! That’s a lot of years. And I think it’s sad. Not that he was so old, but because that’s what he is known for. He’s not known for his great faith, for his moral courage, or for his righteousness. He’s known for being old.

In fact, if you do the math, you come up with an interesting fact — Methuselah died the year it started flooding. Was it just a coincidence, or was Methuselah one of the many who perished in that judgment of God? We don’t know.

I just pray that some day I’ll be remembered, not for the number of years I lived upon this earth, but for the way that I lived while I was here.

“The silver-haired head is a crown of glory, if it is found in the way of righteousness.” (Proverbs 16:31)

Have a great day!

Alan Smith
Helen Street Church of Christ
Fayetteville, North Carolina

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Aging “Life begins at 40 ” That is…

Aging: “Life begins at 40!” That is what we claim when we reach that hallmark and begin to realize that this trip we are on does not go on forever. I remember receiving flowers when I turned forty. They were sent anonymously. Maybe because they had been taken from the cemetery dump and were all dead and shriveled (just like me)! I checked my birth certificate the other day and discovered it had expired! We have various ways of dealing with the truth that the end is growing ever closer, most involve humor, which makes the dealing a little easier. But the fact is from the least to the most, from the youngest to the oldest, we are all moving toward a date with the Grim Reaper. Now scientists are trying to discover the Fountain of Youth. They have made strides in recent years. Science Daily in 2010 reported that they discovered the gene that controls aging. It is called DAF-16. They think they can use this information to improve our health long into the latter part of our lives. I am all for that! Then in May of this year they reported that by inducing the enzyme telomerase, they managed to make mice live as average of 24% longer. Now why they want to make mice live longer, I don’t know. I suppose I will have to go and buy more mousetraps. But even if they manage to transfer this to humans, it will only add a few years. In the year AD 1000 the average life ended around 42. We already have nearly doubled that, so I do not believe it is out of the realm of possibility that it can continue to lengthen beyond the present 76.2 for men and 81.2 for women. Add 24% and we are still a long, long way from Methuselah. So what are we going to do with all this extra time? Will it help us prepare or lull us into procrastinating still more? I doubt there is a more important priority than that announced by the prophet Amos (4:12): “Therefore . . . prepare to meet your God!”

#age, #just-a-minute, #old

A Shattered Dream

My dream of being able to retire at 52 years of age, was shattered when the gas pipeline company with whom I was employed, laid off myself and 550 other employees in 1996. The cutoff date was twelve days before my 52nd birthday (they would have given me credit as if I were 55 years old).

So much for company loyalty to its employees.

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