Good advice from a dear friend of many years. When I read the above note from Mel, a line from Ralph Emerson popped into my mind:
"Within, I do not find wrinkles and used heart, but unspent youth."
As I write these lines, my brother is celebrating his 82nd birthday. He still drives trucks as he has been doing since before he was old enough to drive trucks. He loved driving trucks as a teen and now as an Octogenarian is in awe as he still drives the big rigs.
A few of my younger friends, I pause to add, most of my friends are younger, wonder how I keep my current pace. The congregation I have pastored for 27 years is, for the most, long past male or female menopause. It’s currently rumored that I am into senility. At least I am having more fun in this second round.
One of my friends and former pastor, Dr. Tom Wallace, is celebrating 87 years and still travels around the world engaging in evangelistic meetings. Though he is 87 he has more vigor than most 85-year-old men. Tremendous is a good word for Doc.
Longfellow stated: “Age is opportunity no less than youth itself.”
Just because we are aged, does not mean life is over. Moses was 80 when he was confronted with God’s burning bush and from that experience was used to set an entire nation free. His successor was also well along in years and led the infant nation of Israel to maturity as he followed the Lord.
Paul referred to himself as aged Philemon1:9, “yet for love's sake I rather appeal to you --being such a one as Paul, the aged, and now also a prisoner of Jesus Christ.”
He also counseled Timothy with this: 1Timothy 4:12, “Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity.” We learn that God is interested in using young and old, thus we must rid our life of trivialities.
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