Now, the senior years, former procrastinators. Do they seem far away? Inching closer? For some of us, here we are! And how did we get here so fast? Particular saints in my life – women in their 70’s, 80’s, 90’s – have shown me what it is to be green, growing, full of sap in old age. (Psalm 92:12-14) I want to flourish like that. In our senior years, we can say “yes” to God and bear fruit.
There are limitations of time, energy, and perhaps health. But seeking the Lord regarding how to use our resources (the staff we hold in our hands) we can still be about the Lord’s business. Time spent in His Word shines through a vibrant spirit at any age.
1) Fruitfulness is different from productivity. The Lord wants to produce fruit through us, not a list of accomplished tasks. Looking at scripture, I define fruit as character change in me and influence for Christ through me in the lives of others, both produced by the Holy Spirit.
2) Prayer warriors do battle any time and place in the power and authority of the Lord Jesus Christ. Influence through prayer could be the most important of all.
Let’s keep in mind these things about stages in life:
- We should accept where we are ourselves and accept where others are in their stages. It may be fitting to spill the milk, want more authority, move more slowly.
- At every stage we can ask, “Am I putting X off because it is God’s direction to do so – or is it my assumption?”
- Getting help is appropriate at any stage. Pride and procrastination hinder godly fruit.
- Some ladies are in especially taxing situations with ongoing demands on them. A special needs child, grandchildren to raise, or a disabled spouse. Your stages may look different or seem unending. May we in the body of Christ have eyes to see and rally in prayer and practical assistance for you.
What attitude or task will you release so that you can better use the staff in your hand?