Daily Devotions

Take the Leap

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Whatever your task, put yourselves into it, as done for the Lord and not for your masters, since you know that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward; you serve the Lord Christ. (Colossians 3:23-24)

 

I was so impressed the day former President George H.W. Bush went sky diving on his 90th birthday. Bush lived an amazing life. He was a war hero. After the war, he and his wife, Barbara, could have slid into an extremely wealthy and comfortable life in the family business. But no, they chose to create their own life by moving from the North East, to Texas, and starting in the oil business. The rest, as they say, is history.

By the time George H.W. Bush reached his 90th birthday, he had nothing to prove. I mean, he was even the most powerful man in the world, at one point in his life. I think he chose to jump out of that plane to remind himself that he was still alive and adventure is ageless. He wasn’t going to let his age get in the way of living life fully. Sure, his age did have limitations; for example, he jumped out of that plane harnessed to another jumper. This jumper was able to buffer Bush’s impact upon landing. Bush was able to find adventure amidst his limitations.

This is our task as well. Almost all of us have limitations of one sort or another. But those limitations should not blind us to the opportunities that still remain in our lives. We can spend so much time focusing on what we cannot do, that we forget all that we are still able to accomplish. A 90-year-old former President could still hurdle through the sky, and you and I can still do adventurous things.

I see it in the individuals who help new immigrants with their vegetable plot at God’s Garden. I see it with those who visit with children and their families at Monroe Elementary. I see it with church school teachers, who offer faith to young ones. You see, you do not have to dive out of an airplane to have an adventure. Within your limitations, find something that lights your soul on fire, and makes you bounce out of bed in the morning! That is what God made us to be: adventurous, excited children of God, who are expectantly looking for the next great moment in this extraordinary life of ours.

Ageless in Older Age

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Is wisdom with the aged, and understanding in length of days? (Job 12:12)

I ran into a book by a writer I’ve read most of my adult life. His latest book I snapped off the shelf is entitled, “Ageless Soul,” by Thomas Moore. The book is a reflection of his journey into older age. Thomas Moore has lived an amazing life. He was a monk, a musician, a university professor, and a psychotherapist. He has taken his life journey on a wild ride. And while his life is not over, it is in his twilight.

I look forward to wading into Thomas Moore’s literary world. From a cursory skim, I believe Moore is going to discuss a number of issues facing older folks. I would be very surprised if he  doesn’t address the reality that as we age, not only are we given fewer opportunities, or worse, that things are taken away from us almost every day, but that we lose the respect we previously experienced.

Thomas Moore has done so many amazing things in his life. So it has to be frustrating, not having the same opportunities at his disposal. Since I’ve read only a little of this book, so far, I need to make a leap to my own thoughts. Advancing age should be its own form of spirituality. Learning to find value as health, youth, dollars, opportunity, respect, etc., and their diminishment, is a spiritual matter. Learning to face the reality of one’s own mortality is a spiritual issue.

Today, think about your own aging process. You may be reading this as a 17-year-old, and you are still experiencing aging. The 17-year-old will speak about the pain of leaving childhood behind. The 97-year-old speaks about the pain of being treated like a child again. Pray for the wisdom to age gracefully, with a plan. That plan should include not only finances and but also spiritual matters, so we can adjust our lives with dignity, giving ourselves the opportunity to be a faithful example to our family. It is a huge undertaking, but since most people try to ignore it, this time is as good as any to begin this important spiritual journey.

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