‘They will still bear fruit in old age…’ Psalm 92:14 NIV
Have you noticed that no matter how old certain people get, they never lose their attractiveness? It just moves from their face to their heart. Today, you get the impression that a person’s usefulness ends at 65 or 70. What nonsense! What a waste of potential! Picasso produced some of his greatest works at 90. Rubinstein gave one of his greatest recitals at 89. Marjorie Stoneham Douglas, who’s credited with saving the Florida Everglades, was still fighting for the cause at 100. Read your Bible: ‘Moses was 120 years old when he died; his eye was not dim, nor his natural force abated.’ (Deuteronomy 34:7 KJV) ‘…the Lord blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning…’ (Job 42:12 NKJV) Noah built the ark when he was 500, went into it for a while, then came out and started the world all over again. ‘It ain’t over till God says it’s over’, and if He ‘ain’t said so’ live every moment He gives you to the fullest! ‘The older the violin, the sweeter the tune’, so pick up your bow and make some music. When someone told the 89-year-old poet Dorothy Duncan that she had lived a ‘full life’ she replied sharply, ‘Don’t “past tense” me!’ If you’re not too old to learn and you haven’t outlived your enthusiasm, you can ‘still bear fruit in old age.’ It’s up to you. If you can breathe, pray! If you can speak, encourage others! If you can recall, share your wisdom. Remember creation? It’s wonderful what God can do in just one day. So give Him all the days you have left.
SoulFood: Judg 12–15, Luke 16:19–31, Ps 119:121–128, Pro 18:13–20
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