This morning (Sunday) I was reading the 90th Psalm. The theme of this Psalm is that God is eternal and man is in transition. It seems like but a few days ago that I was a young boy playing and running having a good time without a care in the world; and today I am a 61 year old grandfather. I have completed most of the transitions of my earthly life. Time has flown by so quickly!
Our life is really a journey that is soon to be over no matter your age. James refers to life as a vapor which rises for awhile and then is gone. Our little lifetime, oh, how short it is. My long-time deceased neighbor, Will Rogers said, “it’s for sure there ain’t none of us gettin out alive”, and I want to add, unless The Lord returns first.
Now, I don’t want you to have the impression that I’m ready to die, or think that I am about to. I am very healthy except for my terrible allergies and the problems they cause. I really am looking forward to my final years whether they be 10 years or 40 years. All of the concerns that were so important in the middle part of my life have been completed. The wants and needs have changed so much from those early years that they are almost unrecognizable. I can honestly say that there is not a single material thing that I want; and it’s not because I have everything. The Lord has changed my wants.
My life now revolves entirely around ministry to our Lord and the people that I love and serve. I’ve never felt freer to do the Lord’s work in my entire life because I am answering only to Him, and not worrying about what another single person, denomination, or organization thinks. I am still accountable to my local church, which is as it should be. I am not under any time constraints to not be able to do anything a loved one or anyone else may need or want.
So how do I want to finish my days upon this earth? It’s for sure I don’t want to be a grumpy, bitter old man. I have known many in my day and by God’s grace I will be the opposite. I want to be a sweet, kind, loving, helpful person that can be a blessing to many.
As I was reading Psalm 90 this morning it made me want to study what a happy, joyful old-age looks like from a biblical perspective. Over the next few weeks I would like to share with you what I have learned. Again, you won’t have to be old for any of these things to apply to you.
Until tomorrow, Lord willing,