Last week I took a trip with our youth group…our “senior” youth group. You had to be at least 50 to qualify for the trip, but we had two 90 year old “young people” with us as we made our way to Branson for a weekend of fun.
Each morning we had a devotional before the day’s activities began. On Sunday morning I told our group that we live in a society that celebrates the young and dismisses the aging. The predominant mindset is that “old folks” have had their chance and really have nothing to contribute to a modern-day society full of new ideas, new technology, and a whole new way of doing things. I urged my gray-haired friends not to buy into the myth that they have nothing to contribute to the betterment of our society.
Our young people (for us that’s anyone under the age of 50!) are lost on the high seas of life trying to figure things out with no “lighthouse” of guidance to help them navigate the calm waters as well as the storm swells. They desperately need men and women who have been walking with the Lord, trusting in the Lord, and depending upon the Lord through it all. I told them, “Our place among the young is not to try to learn their slang, copy their fashions, or keep up with their music, but it is to teach them the truth of God’s Word.” Then I read them the verse from Psalm 71:18.
18 God, don’t leave me even when I’m old and have gray hair. Let me live to tell my children about your power. Let me tell all of them about your mighty acts. (Psalm 71:18 NIRV)
Solomon, the man who had it all, wrote these words. Isn’t it interesting that as he grew older he wasn’t asking for more “stuff,” wishing for a second home on the Mediterranean coast, or hoping for more adventures like he wrote about in Ecclesiastes. What he yearned for was the opportunity to tell his children about the mighty power of God.
God has given us a bigger family than just our biological family. I’ve got mothers and fathers, little sisters and younger brothers all around me who desperately need to know about the goodness, power, mercy, and guidance of our great God. For me to have that opportunity I have to befriend them, make time for them, and value them whether I agree with them or not. I’ve learned that they probably won’t seek me out, but if I will reach out to them where they are then they will be more than willing to open their arms to a friend…even a gray haired friend. So, if you have gray hair, more hair growing out of your ears than on your head, arthritic knees, can’t hear a thing without your hearing aids, and count it a blessing to get the “Senior Discount” and Luby’s…your time is now! Share what the Lord has done in your life with those who are younger. Tell them!