Age. It has a way of sneaking up on you. It seems like just yesterday I was twenty-five with all of life ahead of me. The reality is that more of life is now behind me than in front of me – much more. But that’s not so bad. It was Mark Twain who said age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.
As a pastor I have the opportunity (actually the privilege) of working with people of all ages, including those we call seniors. It’s interesting to observe their perspective on aging. Some worry about it while others take it in stride. Neither can change it. It’s going to happen.
One thing age gives us is a reality check. As we grow older we begin to notice that we are not as fast as we use to be; not as strong; not as energetic; not as – well, not as youthful. If you haven’t begun to experience it, you will, probably sooner than you think.
Age also offers us a spiritual reality check; an opportunity to think about our life, to evaluate it. What have we done with the time we’ve been given? What will we do with the time we have left? The Apostle Paul encourages us to walk (IE live) circumspectly (with great care), not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil (Ephesians 5:15-16). We are to make the most of the time that God has given us; it doesn’t matter if we have many days left or few. In the book of Colossians he adds this explanation; walk (live) in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time (Colossians 4:5). That is, our concern is to be how we live out our lives in front of those who are outside of Christ. What do they see about our lives that will make a difference in their lives for eternity? This is a matter of great concern to us. The Apostle James reminds us that regardless of our age, we don’t have all that much time on this earth. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away (James 4:14). Once it’s gone there is no time left to make a spiritual impact in the life of another person.
The question for us is: What will you do with the time you have left? It doesn’t matter if you have fifty years or five years left, it’s important to live it well in light of eternity. It’s important to take advantage of the opportunities to impact a life for Christ. Don’t let age stop you from seizing the moment.
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