I am not loving to age, I am fighting it every inch of the way, but aging happens to us all, and what is the alternative? Death! When we are young we take so many things for granted, such as running up the stairs and back down again, dropping to the floor to sit cross legged, be able to read the fine print in your Bible laying on the floor in front of you and then standing up without having to hold on to the back of a chair, eating Pizza and drinking coffee right before bedtime. So many things, of course I don’t know any of this personally, I have read about it in books! I watch older people struggle in and out of cars, going up stairs, driving, impatient drivers honking for them to go faster. John 21:18 Jesus speaking “Most assuredly, I say to you, when you were younger, you clothed yourself and walked where you wished; but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will dress you and carry you where you do not wish.” Recently watching some young ice skaters take the ice and do wonderful, amazing feats of strength and endurance so beautifully, the cameras went to some of the older skaters and coaches that have coached them. There was one coach that had missed the birth of his own son because he was teaching someone else’s child to “become a work of art”. I guess the torch passes but it is no fun to watch the old guard slip into the mist and be gone. In a spiritual sense there are some Samson’s out there trying to muster up a little power, which has eluded them because their lives have not lived up to the message they have preached, and then there are others who have lived the life, but have just gotten old and no one really wants to hear them anymore.
The Apostle Paul’s final message to his student, Timothy, is one I want you to read and take to heart for yourself. 2Timothy 4:1-8 I can’t impress this on you too strongly. God is looking over your shoulder. Christ himself is the Judge, with the final say on everyone, living and dead. He is about to break into the open with his rule, so proclaim the Message with intensity; keep on your watch. Challenge, warn, and urge your people. Don’t ever quit. Just keep it simple. You’re going to find that there will be times when people will have no stomach for solid teaching, but will fill up on spiritual junk food—catchy opinions that tickle their fancy. They’ll turn their backs on truth and chase mirages. But you—keep your eye on what you’re doing; accept the hard times along with the good; keep the Message alive; do a thorough job as God’s servant. You take over. I’m about to die, my life an offering on God’s altar. This is the only race worth running. I’ve run hard right to the finish, believed all the way. All that’s left now is the shouting—God’s applause! Depend on it; he’s an honest judge. He’ll do right not only by me, but by everyone eager for his coming.
Our time may be short so learn, give, and teach so that when it is time for you to pass your own torch you can do it with the confidence that your life will go on through them!