You’ve worked hard all your life and it’s time to retire. By today’s standards, we have not yet reached old age at 65. Many folks are just finding out who they are at that point in life. With all the improvements in health care and all the conveniences that make our lives easier, we are living longer than our ancestors. Unfortunately, society also looks at anyone over 40 as decrepit and useless – but I believe we still have a lot of living to do and we need to make the most of what’s left of our lives.
We may not be able to climb into trees to trim branches – we can’t get on top of the roof to clean out rain gutters – we may lack the endurance to run a 5K marathon – but we still have the fire within us to dream and set goals for ourselves. It seems to me that once that fire burns out, our existence goes up in flames. Every day should be another opportunity to set another goal – to make plans for our future – not to dwell on past failures – keep our minds and bodies moving and active.
Methuselah lived to be 969 years old and he still had an optimistic spirit. Imagine the dreams he had over the years. He didn’t make it to the Great Flood, but he did trust in God’s promise of redemption and fed that information to his grandson, Noah.
Life shouldn’t end until the day we die – but for the believer, even death can’t contain us. Our lives are just beginning then. So we press on and look forward to eternity – our final destination.
” I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:14