“When Joshua had grown old, the Lord said to him, “You are now very old, and there are still very large areas of land to be taken over.” (Joshua 13:1, NIV)

“There was also a prophet, Anna, the daughter of Penuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was very old; she had lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, and then was a widow until she was eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshiped night and day, fasting and praying.” (Luke 2:36-37, NIV)

Senior Citizens

Japanese mountain climber Yuichiro Miura reached the summit of Mount Everest at age 70. George Brunstad was also 70 when he swam the English Channel. Naval officer Grace Hopper became the first female rear-admiral of the United States Navy when she was 79. Margaret Haggerty completed her quest to run a marathon on each of the seven continents when she was 84.

If stories like these teach us anything, it’s that senior adults are capable of amazing things.

That was certainly true of Joshua. Even though he was probably nearing the century mark, God had a plan for him. Age didn’t matter to God. Rather than telling Joshua to rest, retire or step aside for a younger replacement, God instructed him to get to work.

Perhaps we should take a cue from God in our attitude toward older adults. From an early age most of us were taught to respect our elders. However, too often we confuse politeness for respect. What’s the difference? Politeness might include offering a hand to senior adults when they struggle with steps or making awkward small talk with aging relatives at family gatherings. Respect, however, would include realizing that with their years of challenges and experiences these adults are a rich, God-given resource.

In this age of politically correct labels, perhaps a better name for senior citizens is “ultra-experienced adults.” God entrusted Joshua with an important duty a quarter century after Joshua reached retirement age because of his vast military experience and knowledge.

Think of the older adults you know. How does God want to use them in your life? What experiences of theirs might benefit you? What life lessons have they learned that might keep you from making a bad decision? And what might you be able to learn from hearing their stories and asking for their advice?

Enjoy your day, “Working for Christ”!

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8 Comments on “AGE IS JUST A NUMBER!”

  1. Amen !! We must all be humble enough to realize those more mature in Christ can teach us how to bypass life’s pitfalls !!

    Blessings in Christ, bruce


  2. thank God, praise the Lord and Halleuia…what a releif


  3. Rene Yoshi Says:

    Amen! I love asking older people about their life experience, or if they could give one piece of advice what it would be. I have found them to be a great resource of wisdom gained through experience.


  4. Eileen Norman Says:

    At 76, I’m definitely in favor of younger people recognizing that we didn’t just kill time, most of us learned stuff. Often we learned it the hard way, trial and error, and truly want to help someone avoid some of our more painful learning experiences.
    Of course, it works both ways. We are also still learning, and God can use any age person to tell us what we need to hear next.

    I have had some trouble accepting Doctors and Insurance Agents and Ministers that are my grandchildren’s ages. I took to calling our new Insurance agent, the Kindergarten Kid. Then it dawned on me that if Jesus came back as thirty something, I might not respond very well! When I shared this thought with my husband, he said, “Oh, you mean kind of like, a Kindergarten God?”


  5. I love Caleb’s story. If 85 was the new 40, then 50 must be the new 20. In that case, I have a lot of living left to do!


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