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Maturity

“You shall stand up before the gray head and honor the face of an old man, and you shall fear your God: I am the LORD.         Leviticus Chapter 19 Verse 32 

As a young woman and mother I had the wonderful blessing of being mentored by many older women in our church.  I was about 25 years younger than the next youngest person in our church women’s group.  I had no idea at that time how very fortunate I was.  I got to learn from women who were missionaries, pastor’s wives, farmers, and so many others.  Strong women, stable women, Godly women.  This is part of my Godly heritage.  I am so thankful for that

Dan and I have spent the last week with Dan’s parents who are 87 and 90.  Elsie and Orville spent the week marking, organizing and getting things ready for another garage sale for us.  They spent a super busy week helping us.  They have done this 4 times this summer.  What a blessing that has been as we have been packing and sorting our belongings getting ready to move to Nigeria.

Two weeks ago we spent the weekend with the Minnesota Christian Campers.  We spent a wonderful weekend visiting and sharing the ministry of GECHAAN with them.  These wonderful people of God encouraged us, loved on us, and blessed us as we shared how God has been working in us through this last year or so.  99% of these people are retired and on the elderly side of life.

Last week we talked with our Senior Adult Ministry at our church.  These people are amazing!  We so enjoyed sharing how God had been working in us and where He is leading us.

Here is the thing.   What is our world going to be like when these people are no longer on this earth?  They give sacrificially, they pray unceasingly, and love their Lord and Savior in a way that amazes me.  These dear Saints know about missions.  They know their God and His plan for the world.  They know about sacrifice.  When I get to this stage in life, will I be able to say, “May all who come behind me find me faithful”?  I truly hope so.

My point for today is this:  What are you doing at the stage of life that you’re at to become a man or woman of God?  Do you have a plan?  Things to think about today.

One Response to Maturity

  1. What a great piece today, Tina. I too, have been encouraged immensely by people with gray hair this week, and so appreciate their wisdom, steadfastness, and the firm trust they have in our Lord, from having walked faithfully with Him. I’m so glad you have been encouraged as well by many different seasoned saints from the body of Christ. You are seasoning well! Thank you for the reminder to stay the course, and run the race so we too can some day be among this silver crew, encouraging those behind us.

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