“Since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses…” Heaven is watching; let’s press on toward the goal.
15:24 The path of life leads upward for the wise to keep them from going down to the grave.
I got to thinking about something that has changed my perspective on my immediate future. It is this question:
Since I am 61, how will I live my life with the prospect
of having 25 more years of active living?
I think of my dad who was 82 when he died of a stroke. He was scheduled to work that week at his job at the funeral home. He had worked full-time at the county courthouse in Durant until he was 77.
I can look across the hall at church at the office of Bro. Robert Griffin who is currently 82 and is our part-time Senior Adult minister. He and Mama Faye have that ministry going great guns. They have no plans to quit anytime soon.
In light of these two very influential men, I see myself continuing in ministry until the day I die. I probably won’t work full-time until I’m 77, but I see no reason to slow down and stop just because I reach retirement age.
What I CAN see is my training up the next generation of servant/leaders. My generation needs to start thinking about handing off our ministries to the ones coming behind us. Doing so means that we will have to adjust to their way of doing things, changing things, and using different people, but it has to be done. I am rarely on the stage leading by myself anymore. Why? Because I have other people out there leading with me and sometimes for me. Most of them are younger than me (which is most people anymore). It’s a good thing.
If you are around 60, I pray you would consider two things:
- Get involved and stay involved in the Lord’s ministry; get in people’s lives.
- Train up the next generation as you give your ministry away.
Abba, may I continue to train up the next generation. May I give them room to spread their wings. I know they will make mistakes; I made them, too. With You guiding them, they will grow from their experiences just like I did. In the meantime, please continue to expand my ministry; I don’t want to quit and wait for death; I want You to catch me ministering when You return either for me personally or for everyone. Thank You for the hope we have in You. Amen.