"Well it's all right,
even if you're old and gray
Well it's all right,
you still got something to say"
"End of the Line" by the The Traveling Wilburys.
Ok, maybe not the strongest of references for making a philosophical point, but it works for me.
After watching a fairly recent interview of the renowned Canadian author, MARGARET ATWOOD, I decided that PERSPICACITY in old age might be a worthy goal.
About the same time, I was studying the life of the prophet, Samuel. He did not merely occupy a position or hold a title. He effectively discerned… spoke wisely… ruled firmly… and deferred only to his sovereign: God Almighty. He was useable and used of God, "all the days of his life.” (1 Samuel 7:15)
I now belong to a group of people that in Spanish is called "gente de la tercera edad". That translates as "People of the Third Age", which in English sounds like the title for a new Sci-Fi trilogy or a creepy horror flick, but means something more benign like "Golden Agers".
"People of the third age" are to be people of wisdom and inspiration. We should not be discounted as irrelevant or treated in a condescending manner. Yet, respect in old age is not a divine right; a special esteem does not accrue to us simply because we are still breathing after a certain number of years.
Time is an anvil. We are all pounded and shaped on it. Those who are in Christ are forged into fruit-bearing disciples. It is that or mediocrity.
But fruit-bearing has to do with service. True service is outward evidence of a healthy inner man, where there is growth and an eye for bigger things than self-aggrandizement. There is room for compassion and time for others.
Enlargement of soul is an age-old longing, but it won't happen without a sanctified perspicacity. Oh, to know more, to understand more clearly, to be articulate and easily understood, to be sought for what we have attained! We should fight for it. We should resist withering and shrinking. It has to be possible...
It turns out that it is!
Being in Christ means that we are part of God’s kingdom. One interesting characteristic of His kingdom is found in our favorite Christmas season prophecy:
"Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end… The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this." (Isaiah 9:7)
Ever extending dominion and endless peace will be brought in by the sublime and lofty King's Son, when He sits upon the throne of David and rules over David's kingdom. He is a semper Augustus, i.e., a perpetual increaser of the kingdom;
It feels like my life is still meant to be fuller, deeper, more expansive, more useful than what it has been. I am a child of the "semper Augustus”. It is what God intends.
Juxtaposed with this wonderful prospect is a harsh reality that would sabotage my lofty dreams. If I let them, there are things that would shrink my spiritual man just as life must do to my natural man. Be forewarned:
There are things that shrink; and there are things that shrink.
I started a list of things that shrink inevitably; and another list of things that would shrink me if I let them. It looks like there is a lot to be careful about if I want to be spiritually perspicacious in my old age.
The only hope for a restricted heart is the mighty inworking of the Spirit. He can enlarge the mansion of the soul; but only He can do it.
"I will run in the way of your commandments when you enlarge my heart!" (Psalms 119:32)
Pray for me: I have not exactly been running to obey God's commandments. I have no excuse. It doesn't matter how old I am. I ain't dead yet. God would enlarge my heart if I would let Him.
Greg was raised near Milwaukee, WI. He has lived outside of the United States since 1976... first in Central America and, since 1982, in Cancun, Mexico.
Concise devotions in Spanish and English, along with some lengthier essays… Designed for personal spiritual growth and to help anyone studying English or Spanish as a second language to improve their skills… Rev 14:6
To highlight one essential facet of the eternal Gospel of Jesus Christ... Rev 14:6; 2 Cor. 5:18
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"For I have derived much joy and comfort from your love, my brother, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed through you." Philemon 1:7
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