June 8, 2021
Better was a poor and wise youth than an old and foolish king who no longer knew how to take advice. Ecclesiastes 4:13 ESV
Finishing well in life is important to our next generation. Scripture provides ample examples of success and failure. The key is to stay teachable. As we grow older, we find “change” to be more challenging and prefer the status quo. Pride is another stumbling block. When we struggle to accept our decline in intellectual ability, we often mask our feelings of inadequacy by acting as if we have all the answers. But what the next generation needs to see are aging loved ones who are gracious toward themselves and others, and who have their sights set on the goal: union with Christ in eternity. Paul, in old age, while enprisoned in Rome, writes to the Philippians about this (Phillipians 3:13-14). Meanwhile, as was with Paul, there is much to live for here and now as long as we remain teachable.
Father God, help us to finish well, growing in grace, and remaining teachable. Amen.
Rev. Gordon Green, M.Div., M.A. Counseling