“So even to old age and gray hairs, O God, do not forsake me, until I proclaim Your might to another generation, Your power to all those to come.”
~Psalm 71:18 (ESV)
I’m sure you are seeing what I’m seeing. Little old ladies are becoming little old ladies much later in life these days. Gents are not acting like they’re “over the hill” in their forties anymore. Active seniors living communities are commonplace now when they were few and far between and only for the very wealthy when I was a kid growing up in the 1970s. A Center for Disease Control (CDC) report from 2011 revealed that nearly 76% of people in the southern US aged 50-54 years self-reported having “good/excellent” health. This statistic grew to nearly 78% for the same demographic in 2016 (https://nccd.cdc.gov/aging_data/). I don’t know about you, but I don’t know many retirees in their 50s or 60s sitting at home “chilling” anymore. The so-called “aged” is not only generally healthier, but they are also more attractive, sharper and more “antsy” than in just one generation ago. Cool. But WHY??
I believe this is the will of God. We live in a society that while its advances have created a populace that is generally smarter and healthier, the same advances have created a population of self-made, successful loners. We are more spread out, away from family. And though the last recession did result in many multi-generational homes (in many cases, for the sake of survival), our current culture still champions the idea of each person “finding their own way”. But that is not what God intends for us. He intends for each of us to learn how to weather the issues of each stage of life in community. And He intends for these vibrant elders to address this imbalance.
There are many instances in the Holy Bible that reference the generational roles of Believers. Deuteronomy, Psalms, Proverbs, Titus, to name a few chronicles how our elders are to pass down the mighty works of God and model lives of holiness before the generation coming after them. Psalm 145:4 says, “One generation shall commend Your works to another, and shall declare Your mighty acts” (ESV). Who better to accomplish this than us? If you are over the age of 40, (or over 50, like me) dear reader, and you have a seemingly unnatural level of good health, strength, and vibrancy that is no accident, my friend. It is for a purpose. You can be a life-changing catalyst and we are charged with bringing all our talents, our strengths, our “been-there-done-that” wisdom before the Holy Spirit and after giving THANKS, ask HIM what He would have us to do.
So how might we serve the Kingdom of God to win over straying youth and draw them to GOD? Beyond lecturing we model. Beyond dictating we exemplify. Beyond scolding we allow them to hear us call on the power of God to move, the blood of Jesus to save and the Holy Spirit to guide. We accomplish this by getting involved, weathering the attitudes and being present to answer the call as opportunities come. Then we wait and watch the Lord move within their lives. Our progeny is hungry and thirsty, not to declare “my truth” but to learn THE truth and how to live that truth out. I cannot rest. WE cannot rest. Let’s go get them.
If you are ready to accept and acknowledge Jesus Christ as your Savior, simply say so. Bring your sin before Him in prayer, asking for forgiveness and set your mind on repentance (never to commit those sins again) with His help. Now you need to connect with a community of Believers (a Holy Bible-teaching church) to support and edify your walk with Christ. Until then, for more support, I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. God bless you.