3. Embrace that you may be broken but you are useful.
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How are we useful if our bodies can’t run anymore, and won’t soar until the next life? Consider offering yourself to the Lord’s service in new ways. Sacrifice your time and wisdom. Senior Christians can disciple young or new believers and guide up-and-coming church leaders.
One commentator wrote the following about the Apostle Paul mentoring Timothy: “every leader needs mentors and models – typically other leaders just ahead of where we are in our growth and our journey. And every leader also needs to be mentoring and modeling those just behind us.”
Some of the most influential people in my journey to faith have been seniors with artificial joints. They experience “aches and pains” beyond anything I can relate to.When these faith warriors talked about a trustworthy God, I listen.
One lady, who is like a mother to me, has had knee replacement surgery, heart problems, and simply feels tired as she carves a path into her 80s. She has no intention of laying down the “sword of the Spirit” or kicking off the shoes of gospel peace (Ephesians 6:15, Ephesians 6:17), although her body has other ideas, which sometimes frustrates her.
In the meantime, she gladly guides and comforts me with godly wisdom, correcting me gently and assuring me I am not the first person to become frustrated with God.
Meanwhile, newer Christians are entering my life. My privilege is to disciple them as I have been discipled. I might not compete in a long-distance running race, but I won’t miss my chance to serve Almighty God and run the course He has laid out for my life. “Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith." (Hebrews 12:1-2)
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