This past week Reassurance had the honor of ministering to the residents of one of the local assisted living facilities. As I looked into the faces of those wonderful folks while we were singing I began to realize that there was a real possibility that some of them have never put their faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ. And there for a few minutes I was overwhelmed with a feeling of sadness like I haven’t had in a long time. How tragic it would be for anyone to live eighty, ninety or a hundred years and then die without Him. But the fact is that no matter the age, young or old, it is a tragedy.
We look at the elderly different from other folks. Sometimes we see them as innocent children as though they have not reached the age of understanding and accountability. Other times we see some of them as resentful and bitter old people who are not at all concerned about anyone else, only themselves. However, a lot of times we assume that because of their age they have made things right in their life. Obviously, we have no right or reason to assume any of those things. They are really no different from folks younger than them except their bodies and minds have endured many more miles of rough road.
The real story about these people is that they have stored up a tremendous amount of knowledge and wisdom that we have yet to gain. And we do not take advantage of that like we should. It seems that today’s generations have somewhat written them off and tossed them aside. But I believe that God still loves them and wants to have a personal relationship with them. He wants to use them just like he wants to use us. And it is all for His glory. The Bible teaches that as believers the old are to teach the young and that the young are to treat them with respect.
To tell you the truth, I love being with those people. I love how they can be so open to you as though you are their kin. I love how they react and interact as we minister in the places where they are. And every time I am reminded of the two elderly folks in my life that had a great impact on me and played a part in me coming to know the Lord. I believe we need to encourage them to play a more active part in the lives of those around them and finish strong. I’ll do my part in doing that and I hope you will when the opportunity arises.