I heard many great messages this weekend, but what I want to share one that has been reaffirmed. To the older generation of Christians - be encouraged, know and receive - God is not through with you and not through using you.
I realize "older" can mean a different age or stage in life to different people. So, for this writing, let us assume old is conservatively 75 years of age (life expectancy in 2012 being 78 in the U.S.A.). On a personal level, just because you come to the latter of your days does not mean God lacks lessons to teach you. He is still molding, shaping, and forming you just like He is with other Christians from other generations. I understand that as we age, our bodies will limit us in how we might serve the Lord, but that should not relegate us to The Rocking-chair.
Ah, the rocking chair. It is a wonderful device for rest and relaxation, I know, I have used one. In fact, I am all in favor of periodically stopping and smelling the roses, while sitting in a rocking-chair. However, as a symbol of inactivity in the Christian walk, it is a lot of wasted movement. One might sit in the chair thinking about what might have been, getting bitter or mad about it, and spinning your wheels (or rocking your chair). This is an analogy Joyce Myer delivered recently that really had an impression on me.
The imagery and encouragement here reminds me of the saying - "A rolling stone gathers no moss." As I have mentioned before, I'll concede we will slow down as the Lord tarries and our years keep advancing, but I encourage all of us, especially the already advanced in years - let God find you serving when He comes or when you leave to meet Him. At any age - Let Him find you being A Faithful And Wise Servant.
“Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom the master has put in charge of the servants in his household to give them their food at the proper time? It will be good for that servant whose master finds him doing so when he returns. Truly I tell you, he will put him in charge of all his possessions." - Matthew 24:45-47