Hi Jamie. Thanks for your question. Often in life people are put in a box. After spending 40 plus years in a career, they are often seen in the context of that career. And when retirement nears, it naturally seems to follow that they should wind down as well. Wrong. By the time people hit their mid sixties and older they are at the peak of their ability to contribute in terms of skill, wisdom, knowledge and so forth.

Let's take a moment to consider a few examples of people whose lives blossomed in the so-called later stages of life:

  • Laura Ingalls Wilder published her first book in the Little House on the Prairie series at age 65. Four years before Michael Landon would be born.
  • Peter Roger invented the Thesaurus at age 73.
  • Anna Marie Robertson Moses better known as Grandma Moses began her folk painting career at age 78.
  • Teichi Igarashi climbed Mt. Fuji at age 99.

These are amazing examples of courage and faithfulness and you are another incredible example of God's blessings in the world today.

How do you look at the years ahead? Do you view them as bursting with possibility? Are you just warming up or beginning to cool down in this marathon called life?

There is no concept in the Bible or in the Hebrew lexicon for that matter for retirement. That is a modern invention. So set that idea aside and rev up!

I encourage each of us to embrace the future, regardless of the number our age represents. Get excited about rhe adventure of going deeper and further with Jesus Christ in this life. Don't be a been there, done that Christian. God has too much in store for you in the days ahead.

The best of life for you is just around the corner. Join me and your friends at Epworth United Methodist Church as we look forward to everything God has to offer and everything we have to give.