Old age brings wisdom that is able to help and guide others in need. Older Christian men and women have a duty to help the younger generation.
I have learned a lot from elderly Christians. Sometimes all you want to hear is how God has worked in someone’s life and their different experiences.
Older aged people have been through many different hardship experiences that will help your walk of faith. They have made mistakes and they will help guide you so you don’t make the same mistakes. As seniors, we all have an obligation to use our knowledge and experience in life to help and guide others. Some may not listen but we must give it our best anyway. Remember, back in the day, when someone helped you through a crises or situation that you couldn’t figure out? Be encouraged. You could provide the very answer to their situation that they so desperately needed.
Also, no matter what age Christians should never fear death. We have confidence that we will be with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Our body may appear older, but our insides are being renewed daily. An elderly Christian never truly gets old. You only get old when you stop seeking the advancement of the kingdom of God. You only get old when you cease building up others in Christ and turn to other things to occupy your time.
Many elders have lost their zeal for Christ. Life will never stop being all about Jesus Christ. Always remember that you’re still alive for a reason.
Let’s hear what the Bible has to say?
Isaiah 46:4 : And even to your old age I am he; and even to hoar hairs will I carry you: I have made, and I will bear; even I will carry, and will deliver you.
Psalm 71:9: Cast me not off in the time of old age; forsake me not when my strength faileth.
Older people carry so much wisdom and they give great advice.
Job 12:12 With the ancient is wisdom; and in length of days understanding.
Job 32:7 I thought, ‘Those who are older should speak, for wisdom comes with age.’
The godly continue to bear fruit and praise the Lord.
Psalm 92:12-14: 12 The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon.
13 Those that be planted in the house of the LORD shall flourish in the courts of our God.
14 They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing;
Flavia Weedn said, “If one dream should fall and break into a thousand pieces, never be afraid to pick one of those pieces up and begin again.”
“Time heals all wounds.” – Common Saying
Og Mandino said, “Whenever you make a mistake or get knocked down by life, don’t look back at it too long. Mistakes are life’s way of teaching you. Your capacity for occasional blunders is inseparable from your capacity to reach your goals. No one wins them all, and your failures, when they happen, are just part of your growth. Shake off your blunders. How will you know your limits without an occasional failure? Never quit. Your turn will come.”
Joel Osteen said, “You must make a decision that you are going to move on. It won’t happen automatically. You will have to rise up and say, ‘I don’t care how hard this is, I don’t care how disappointed I am, I’m not going to let this get the best of me. I’m moving on with my life.”
Carl Bard said, “Although no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.”
“It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.” – Aristotle Onassis. How many of you know that Jesus is the light of the world? John 8:12 says,
Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.
“Just because something isn’t happening for you right now, it doesn’t mean it never will.” – Unknown
“Let your faith be bigger than your fears.” – Unknown
“Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” The Bible tells us in Proverbs 24:16, For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief.
“You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.” ― Maya Angelou
Helen Keller once said, “Defeat is simply a signal to press onward.”
I want to encourage you, today, live life to the fullest, starting today and moving forward. Our strength comes from God through Jesus Christ and him alone. No matter what our situation, Christ has the answer and cure. We just need to trust Him and believe. He has proven himself many, many times and He’ll continue until the judgement. So, be encouraged.
I’ll close with this short poem. I hope you’ll take it to heart and apply it to your life.
So, be encouraged. There’s work yet to do.
The harvest is ripe. The workers are few.
Go tell some poor soul that Jesus does care.
Send words of encouragement Christ wants you to share.
God bless in the wonderful name of Jesus!