When we grow old, some of our self-worth diminishes right along with our ability to get up each day. Somewhere during middle age we become so busy taking care of our family and building a life, we tend to forget about our own worth. By the time we’re in the last stages of life we tend to lose faith in our abilities.
Life, can be overwhelming when you’re going from one stage to another. The same is true for us seniors as we see our lives melting away, our strength being sapped and our dependence on others growing. Heaven looks pretty good to most of us. I guess even kids who grow up in Christian families with strong Christian values sometimes find this world a tough place to live in and the emphasis placed on Heaven can make the thought of being there even more enticing.
The devil wants us to believe that we’re worthless – that either we aren’t capable of a good life or we’ve worn out our usefulness in it. He also wants us to believe that death is the only answer and if we end our lives we will have eternal bliss. This is one of Satan’s biggest lies and it destroys every day.
Our lives have purpose no matter what our age. Young and old alike still have a lot to do. We need to work together to accomplish them. The young can bring enthusiasm to their elders – they can help them with the physical things they can’t do anymore. The elderly can give back some of their knowledge and wisdom though mentoring – they can advise on career paths – they can encourage their younger counterparts by helping them realize their potential and worth. They have time to listen and counsel.
There’s so much work yet to be done in this world. It may seem that evil is well on its way to overtaking the good, but God is more powerful than anything the world has to dish out. He is our fortress, our strength and our protector.
When you feel you no longer have a purpose in this life, look to the One who treasures you beyond measure. Put your faith in Him – not in yourself – not in the ways of this world. If you walk in His ways, He will give you a life with abundant joy. What is to come in heaven is the ultimate bonus – not an excuse for us to walk away from what God has planned for us. He loves us so much that He made the ultimate sacrifice so that we would never die, but have eternal life.