Here’s a psalm for all of us. Begins when life does. Even before–‘Upon you I have leaned from before my birth; you are he who took me from my mother’s womb’ (Ps. 71:6). Then the poet continually praises the Lord regardless of age–‘My mouth is filled with your praise, and with your glory all the day’ (v.8).
Finally, he gets to me, an old goat! A bit long-in-the-tooth. Please don’t say as good as you-know-what with one foot you-know-where! Psalm 71: 18– ‘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.’
Ferver to pass it on to the next generation. Unselfish and generous. Not hogging forgiveness and eternal life, but eager to share. Giving to missionaries who carry the word of God to where we can or dare not go. Since I became a believer in Jesus listening to Christian radio, monies are gladly designated to groups who beam the Gospel message around the world.
But what grabs your heart will be different. Maybe you love to help children’s ministries for that’s when and how you came to know the Savior. Or the local Gospel mission reaching those we have a hard time relating to. That Christian school you attended, that made such an impact on your life, which still needs financial donations to keep going for others. How about all of the above? And then some.
No matter your age, you can pray for those younger than yourself. Can’t you? Digging deeper, giving a tad more? After all, this is no dress rehearsal. When life calls it a day, all comes to a screeching, grinding, shuddering halt.
What’s on your ‘to do’ list? For Jesus. For others.
Thank you, Father, for life worth living. All because of Jesus. Amen.