Aging—the World’s Oldest Man - Part 2 (sermons)
by John Lowe
As we age our abilities may shift but we still have abilities that are valuable and needed. One ability that is especially important is the particular view of life senior adults have and what they have gleaned from life that they consider valuable in living a life filled with meaning. A man gave a valuable summary of senior adults, "We are opinionated but soft." Another wrote, "Older adults possess skills, wisdom, knowledge, and life experiences to share with others."
A further need for senior adults is the importance of relating to people of all ages. These intergenerational relationships contribute to the health and dynamic living of people across the age spectrum. Certainly, there are events and situations that call for our involvement with people who are our peers, but this must never happen to the point that we do not also have plenty of opportunities to interact with people across the age spectrum. We need each other to develop lives that have length, breadth, and depth.
None of us is going to live as long as Methuselah lived. A physician said that studies in gerontology indicated that if a person were fortunate enough to remain healthy, ate a proper diet, exercised adequately, and generally took good care of his life, he could possibly live 120 years, but our bodies eventually wear out. We are human and mortal.
We cannot live forever in this life, but we are called by God to live as long as we can with as much meaning as possible. We serve as a link between generations and we need to carry on the stories of humanity that began thousands of years ago and continue in us today. The good news of God's creation, sustenance, and redemption always are only a generation from extinction.
Senior adults, you are our link, our only contact with the previous generation. Share with us your wisdom and knowledge so that our lives may have more meaning and that we may learn from you both what and how to share with the next generation.
In the beginning, I mentioned how important relationships are. There is one relationship that is clearly the most important; that is, your relationship with Jesus Christ. Your eternal destiny depends upon whether you have received Jesus as Savior and Lord. If you have not done so, seniors, remember it’s never too late as long as you’re alive.