Those that be planted in the house of the LORD shall flourish in the courts of our God. They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing; - Psalm 92:13,14.
I was selling a camper many years ago, and I still remember the first call I received from my ad in the newspaper. The telephone rang, I picked up the receiver and a distinctly elderly voice began asking questions about my travel trailer.
Her questions were numerous and I was on the ‘phone with her for quite awhile. Then she gave me the punch line to the whole episode – “I am interested,” she said, soaring my hopes for a quick sale, “but I have to sell my Jet Ski boat first.”
We said goodbye, I hung up the ‘phone and in my mind I could not help picturing Granny zooming across the waves on her Jet Ski boat. I still smile when I think about this energetic senior trading in her Jet Ski boat to start another adventure with a camper.
“That’s the spirit!” I thought. You are only as old as you think you are. I have a relative that is the same way. No matter how old he gets, he remains as youthful as he can be in his mind.
It is the goal of any true Christian to be able to serve the Lord as long as we can. We have been given promises in His Word that He will continue to bless us with productivity as we age. Even if we can’t physically do some of the things we did in our youth, the ministry of prayer is a vigorous exercise that does much to advance the kingdom of God.
We also have through Jesus’ sacrifice for us, the gift of the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of the Father, (Matthew 10:20), the Eternal Life force, our fountain of Living Water that flows within, reminding us that even though our outward man is frail and perishing, our inward man is renewed daily, (II Corinthians 4:16) and we can, as followers of Messiah Jesus, be forever young.
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