“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.
"Telemachus and Mentor" is an illustration by Pablo E. Fabisch from Fenelon's les Aventures de Télémaque, 1699. Image in the public domain.