I hope you enjoyed a restful and refreshing Labor Day weekend with friends and family. We had a sleepover for our six year old grandson and nephew from South Dakota. Their boundless energy kept us hopping! From making brownies and purple cows (I found out that was ice cream and grape juice) to "play Legos with us" to building forts and race tracks had this "Gaga" worn out by Saturday night.
It's like the picture says, "Inside every old person is a young person wondering what happened!" I still feel 25 inside, but at times my aging body says otherwise!
The Bible says that wisdom comes with age. When people have lived a while, they've learned a lot. More than likely, they've "been there, done that" and know the values and repercussions that come from a variety of circumstances. Friendship with older adults is not confined by age. Pursuing friendships with older people is actually wise. Older adults are cloaked in wisdom, wise in ways we wish to be wise. They cannot wait to pour their wisdom into us. They are willing to talk about what they have learned, if we will only ask and listen. The more we listen, the more we learn; and the more we learn, the wiser we become.
Psalm 92:14 says... "They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green..." We are never too old to be used by God. Honoring God is not restricted to young people who seem to have unlimited strength and energy. Even in old age, many people continue to have a fresh outlook and can teach us from a lifetime of experience of serving God.
A person who accomplished a lot late in life was the Apostle Paul. He wrote each of his 14 letters in the New Testament from his late 40s until he was put to death at approximately age 62-65. And what about Sarah and Abraham? They became parents at 90 and 100, respectively, because God still wanted to use them. If you think it’s too late to do something for God, think again. God isn’t confined by your age. He’s only confined by your heart and willingness to do for Him. Give your heart to him and continue working for Him.
Challenge your teen...
Seek out an elderly friend or relative to tell you about his or her life experiences with the Lord. Spending time with older adults may not sound cool, but it can be fun. We can always learn something new, often from the most unlikely people. By sharing life experiences, you both may learn something.
Lord, thank you for giving me loving grandparents. Help me to live by their example, to honor them, and to make them proud of me and the way I live my life. Amen.