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December 5, 2011

Never too Old

Filed under: Uncategorized — lawsonjolly @ 5:00 am

Age can be defied or given into.  Some people are old before they get there.  Some people are old and you wouldn’t know it.  On and on, we could go about age.  You know what I mean.  There are some folks that we observe  doing certain things and we exclaim, “I can’t believe he can do that at his age!”

An attitude about age is so important.  My dad had a good attitude about aging.  He just always believed he could continue to do what he wanted to do.  He was well into his nineties before he quit climbing a tree to celebrate his birthday each year.  He lived life with the expectation that each day would bring something to do.  He wanted to be busy everyday, and he was, until he died at over 100 years of age.

But I thought my dad was old when he was only 75 years of age.  My perspective is quite different now, of course.  In 1983 I invited him to go with me on a mission trip to Korea.  I knew it could open doors of communication, because of the respect of Koreans for the elderly.  And his presence did open doors.  He would sit with men in the market place and share the gospel with them.  He would share his testimony at churches.  He was truly an asset for attracting the respect of so many.

A testimony to the respect for his age was witnessed by video.  I was asked to make a presentation of the gospel through an interpreter that would be filmed to be used by the Foreign Mission Board (now known as the International Mission Board) in training people in churches that would come to Korea as a mission team.  We were sitting on the floor in a home where the presentation was to be made.  My dad was seated on the floor with all of us.  About a third of the way through the filming, a commotion ensued.  My dad had leaned back against the door.  The door opened, and my dad rolled out backwards into the yard.  All the Koreans reacted and ran to him.  There was nothing more important to them than the fact that an elder had fallen.

Perhaps the best example of our never being too old to be used comes from my dad on that trip.  He insisted on going without me  to see a man he had heard about.  With an interpreter, dad  left the village and walked several hours up a mountain.  When they arrived, the older gentleman that they went to visit told them very curtly that he did not want to hear a word they had to say.

My dad responded, “Old man, sit down and listen to me.  I not only came from America to see you, but I have walked up this mountain and you are going to listen to me.”  The man responded with an apology and sat and listened to Dad.  The result was that the man came into a personal relationship with God through putting his faith in Jesus Christ.  We are never too old to share the gospel nor are we ever too old to receive the gospel!

There are many people who feel they are just too old to do much anymore.  There might be some limitations because of illness or physical abilities, but we are never too old to serve the Lord.  Some of us must get busy because the days are hastening by.  Think today what you can be doing.  It may be a phone call, a written note, a conversation with a neighbor or family member, or someone at the church to whom you can express concern and love.  You can be the one God uses to bring a word of hope, encouragement, and love from Him.  Because of your age, you may get the attention to your words that are deserved.

Please don’t get old before your time!  Use your days wisely.  You are never too old!  Never!  Never!

“They will still bear fruit in old age.”  (Psalm 92:14))    “Even when I am old and gray, do not forsake me, O God, til I declare your power to the next generation, your might to all who are to come.”  (Psalm 71:18)



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