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Age Is Just A Number

Joshua 14:10-11

10 So here I am today, eighty-five years old! 11 I am still as strong today as the day Moses sent me out; I’m just as vigorous to go out to battle now as I was then.

A friend of mine turns 59 today. I told him to enjoy this last year of being young. We played basketball together today! Another family friend turned 84 today and I told her age is just a number and she rocks 84. In a couple of months I will turn 63 – that seemed so old when I was younger but now it seems so young.

Joshua was 85 and still ready and available for God to use! I want to be available for God to use until I draw my last breath. I guess I am at the age when some retire. My brother retired in his mid 50’s. I’m thinking about it – but – even if and when I retire – I still want to be active and available to God.

Thinking about when I turn 65 – 70 – and beyond – cannot imagine retiring to do nothing. Most retired people I know say they are busier retired than they ever were while working. I’m looking to either go less than full-time and continuing to serve a church as a pastor or maybe working for a church as an assistant of some sort. I know when the time is right – the right opportunity will show up!

What will you do in your senior years? Most people who live to be 80 or 90 or 100 are people who remain active and focused. I’ve known a number of people who retired and died shortly after retirement because they had no goals or focus. I always want a reason to get up and get out and live! I pray God allows me the opportunity to be of use to Him.

Here’s today’s passage in partial context. Joshua 14:6–15 – Now the people of Judah approached Joshua at Gilgal, and Caleb son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite said to him, “You know what the Lord said to Moses the man of God at Kadesh Barnea about you and me. 7 I was forty years old when Moses the servant of the Lord sent me from Kadesh Barnea to explore the land. And I brought him back a report according to my convictions, 8 but my fellow Israelites who went up with me made the hearts of the people melt in fear. I, however, followed the Lord my God wholeheartedly. So on that day Moses swore to me, ‘The land on which your feet have walked will be your inheritance and that of your children forever, because you have followed the Lord my God wholeheartedly.’ 10 “Now then, just as the Lord promised, he has kept me alive for forty-five years since the time he said this to Moses, while Israel moved about in the wilderness. So here I am today, eighty-five years old! 11 I am still as strong today as the day Moses sent me out; I’m just as vigorous to go out to battle now as I was then. 12 Now give me this hill country that the Lord promised me that day. You yourself heard then that the Anakites were there and their cities were large and fortified, but, the Lord helping me, I will drive them out just as he said.” 13 Then Joshua blessed Caleb son of Jephunneh and gave him Hebron as his inheritance. 14 So Hebron has belonged to Caleb son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite ever since, because he followed the Lord, the God of Israel, wholeheartedly. 15 (Hebron used to be called Kiriath Arba after Arba, who was the greatest man among the Anakites.) Then the land had rest from war.

So use each day – each year – to God’s glory. Find something that you are able to accomplish for Him. Serve with gladness and with the heart of Christmas! Remember – age is just a number!

Just something for us to think about today as we go on our way!

P.S. Remember what I always say about Christmas – don’t go into debt for Christmas!

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December 18, 2017 - Posted by | Build, Christmas, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , ,

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