It’s a reminder to me that at some stage we will all slow down
Reference: “But Abishai son of Zeruiah came to David’s rescue; he struck the Philistine down and killed him. Then David’s men swore to him, saying, “Never again will you go out with us to battle, so that the lamp of Israel will not be extinguished.”” 2 Samuel 21:17 NIV
Explore: My uncle John is 80 years old. He has lived for most of his life on the land and was as fit as a fiddle.
When I was a child he would allow me to come to his farm. We would ride motorbikes and milk cows and fix fences.
Even in his late seventies he was still helping to paint rooms and mend fences. It was like nothing was going to stop him.
But sure enough, a near fatal injury and a few more years under his belt, and my uncle has finally slowed down. It’s a big deal for him to drive down the street these days.
Don’t get me wrong, he is still amazing and has lived an incredible life, but it’s a reminder to me that at some stage, if we are blessed to live long enough, we will all slow down and reduce our once frenetic pace.
Application: For some people they take this decline gracefully while others are frustrated at the limitations.
It seems King David was not one to slow down easily. After years of fighting he headed into battle again, only to nearly lose his life.
It took some very brave men in David’s army to let him know his fighting days were over.
We all have to grow up and move on at some stage. For the younger lot of us, maybe the moving on is putting aside childish ways and starting to save money.
For those of us who are a little older maybe the moving on is when we have to start prioritising our children rather than ourselves. And for those of us well in years maybe the moving on is leaving work and settling into a slower pace.
No matter what age we may be, there are seasons for us all. And in every season we have the opportunity to show God’s love and grace. May our age not be our defining characteristic!
Prayer: Lord, give me Your peace so I may show grace in every season of my life. Amen.
What is the best thing about your age right now?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.