Our church is getting older. Members are getting older. A new generation needs to be reached with the gospel, and those in our midst who fit in the younger age need help.
Many of us are the last generation to know what it was like to live without tablets and servers and actually had to use our own imaginations for play and mental development. We learned how to think. The youth of our culture don’t have to. The imagination of others is supplied at their fingertips. The can live in a vicarious world and not have to interact with it, experience accomplishment or learn from failure. And frankly, it is too tempting for a parent to get faster compliance from a child by rewarding them with a gadget to get them out of the way.
I appeal to you who are aged, 50+, 60+, to consider Psalm 7:17-18
“O God, You have taught me from my youth, and I still declare Your wondrous deeds. And even when I am old and gray, O Lord, do not forsake me, until I declare Your strength to this generation, Your power to all who are to come.”
We must take this verse to heart and take it as a promise. We aren’t all washed up, ready for pasture. We know the experience of life, and we know the Lord. We may not know, as yet, how we are going to declare to those who are to come, but God will show us the way. Ours is to take a risk and be available.
Our kids and grandkids need guidance, wisdom, and most of all, an opportunity to know there is a way to walk in truth, and that people have walked it and continue to do so.
Will you take up Psalm 71 as a prayer for your life?