Thursday, February 23, 2017

"Pass it On"

Numbers 8:24-26 NIV

“This applies to the Levites: Men twenty-five years old or more shall come to take part in the work at the Tent of Meeting, but at the age of fifty, they must retire from their regular service and work no longer. They may assist their brothers in performing their duties at the Tent of Meeting, but they themselves must not do the work. This, then, is how you are to assign the responsibilities of the Levites.”

I’m 64 years old. I feel vibrant, healthy, and strong. I am just as motivated today as I was at 25. Although I've collected a few new pains and pounds, my mind is sharper (I think) and I have many years of experience I can readily apply to almost any endeavor. I am still ‘driven scriven’ with a compelling desire to excel.

In reality I am no longer 25 years old. I have less life to live than I did back then. I can never resurrect lost time. I cannot turn back even a few pages of history and recapture old opportunities. I could do life better as a 25 year old with 62 years of experience. But I’ll never have chance to prove it. I had my time. While I cannot reverse the clock, I can shift my focus... from performer to coach, minister to equipper, young man to father.

There are many men younger than me who need a spiritual father. Might I assist some of them to better serve their family, business, church, and community?

Fifty year old Levites in the time of Moses were forced to retire. They could no longer “do the work.” But they could “assist their [younger] brothers in… duties at the Tent of Meeting.” I hope to be an effective believer until the day I die. I am 64 and, if I follow in the footsteps of Moses, I may only have another strong 56 years left...

“Moses was 120 years old when he died, yet his
eyesight was perfect and he was as strong as a young man.”
Deuteronomy 34.7 ~ The Living Bible

With advancing years comes the growing suspicion that my effectiveness will be measured less by how well I served my church and community, and more by how well I assisted others to serve their church and community.
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"Telemachus and Mentor" is an illustration by Pablo E. Fabisch from Fenelon's les Aventures de Télémaque, 1699. Image in the public domain.

2 comments:

One Sided said...

I remember that I once thought 50 was old. Like you the body might be slowing me down a bit, but not so my mind, and I have a desire to keep it that way. ONe of the people I call upon for wisdom is closing in on 80, sharp as a tack, funnny. One of the people I don't call upon is closing in on 76 , he is physically able but, he decided he was old adn he had learned all there was to learn. I daily speak with a brother who is 60 , who takes life on at full speed and challenges my thought and understanding. I do not get involved in converstation with a family member who at 28 is focused only on themself. I do speak with a man of 32 who thinks I can offer him sound advice, but who sets a life style example that a lot of people should follow.
I think the key here is the attitude. I just left word over at This Walk, that perhaps she would be better off not counting trouble. It is wearisom and seems to be heavier than blessing.

Dave's Bible Blog said...

I guess you're right. A young man can have the gift of wisdom beyond his years. And, I too have known older men who never grew up. I myself actually reverted for a period of time back to adolescence. You might say I suffered from midolescence in my 40's. Even that was a necessary part of my maturing process.

I certainly hope my life will count for something greater than myself. That's my hope in Christ.

Thanks Larry for stimulating more thought and growth in me.

Dave