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It was inevitable. I couldn’t stop it, even if I wanted to. For some reason, the other ones didn’t bother me so much, but I was definitely having trouble with the coming of this day. This day I had no control over — this unavoidable, undesired, unappealing day.
The day I turned 50.
OK, so by the time I actually turned 50, I had dealt with the trauma. However, months before, I was taking a way-too-detailed look at my life and harboring regrets of not doing this or that. It was almost as if I felt like my life was over, and that I would never be able to do anything meaningful for the Lord again.
Yes, I know it’s silly, but for some reason, those thoughts were very real in my continually graying head.
Yet, they aren’t real at all, are they? As a matter of fact, it’s quite the contrary.
Scripture doesn’t say we lose our usefulness when we reach a certain age. It doesn’t say that age or health or abilities or lack thereof affects how we live for Christ. However, Scripture does have this to say about our usefulness in our aging years:
“The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree; he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon. Those who are planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God. They shall still bear fruit in old age; they shall be fresh and flourishing to declare that the Lord is upright. He is my Rock, and there is no unrighteousness in Him.” (Psalm 92:12-15)
Did you see that? In our old age — in our 40s and 50s and 60s and 70s and on and on, we shall be still “bear fruit!”
Oh, and this is not old and moldy fruit that gets thrown into the trash bin or outside to be trampled, but “fresh and flourishing.” I did some research on the meaning of those words and found that “fresh” means “full of energy and vigor,” while “flourishing” means “thriving.” Those definitions don’t seem to have anything to do with life being over or the uselessness and regret I feared.
So, take heart, my brother and sister in Christ. Age is really just a number in His economy. Whether you are 5 or 50, 15 or 105, you are still vital in His kingdom here on this earth. You are planted and producing fruit as the verse so beautifully states.
Therefore, you are still growing in Him — despite your age. You still have usefulness to proclaim His faithfulness to this generation. You are fresh and flourishing — whether you feel like it or not.
Remember that today, and as 51 approaches, I will, too.
Prayer: “Thank You, Lord, for not only is Your Word timeless, Your plan for us is as well. You give my life meaning and purpose and fill me with gratitude for your faithfulness. May I never see my age as an excuse to ‘check out,’ but an excuse to praise You all the more. Thank You, Lord. I honor You.”
Steve and Belinda Kirk write the “Everyday Grace” devotional for the Johnstonian News. Reach them at 919-449-5745 and firstname.lastname@example.org.