Life is a series of stages.
At the beginning, everyone else is in control. Kids are powerless in the shadow of their parents and teachers.
Suddenly, we tower over our peers. And the adults that once awed us? We become their equal in stature and authority.
Then, life begins to steal our thunder. Six cars, three houses, and two grandchildren later, we realize we can’t walk up the stairs without getting winded.
Keeping the flowerbeds weeded becomes a chore almost not worth doing, and painting the gables on the house? The ladder has grown too tall.
It’s time to move on, to lie back, to let someone else do the work.
That doesn’t pass the muster in our Christian walk. Our gray hairs don’t matter. God has business for us to attend.
Psalm 71:17-18 says we must declare the power of the almighty God:
“O God, from my youth you have taught me, and I still proclaim your wondrous deeds. So even to old age and gray hairs, O God, do not forsake me, until I proclaim your might to another generation, your power to all those to come.”
We are to teach the upcoming generation of the power of God.
The precepts of the Bible, the way of righteous living, the standards of the saints, we are the banner that announces the way of the Lord.
Our flowerbeds might become someone else’s responsibility, but our legacy comes through our own hands.
Our final lunge for Christ must be to teach the truths in the Word.
We arm the next leaders of the church by sharing the wondrous deeds God did in our youth.
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