Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Still Bearing Fruit

One of my pet peeves at this stage of life is people who think the game is over.  If not over, at least in the fourth quarter or the bottom of the ninth or on the last lap.  Anyone who gives me half a chance will get a real tongue lashing on this subject.  What have you done in your life?  What experiences have you gathered up?  What have you learned that you need to share with those around you…your family, your friends, your church?   What do you still need to learn?  Do you think God means for you or me or anybody else to just quit?  Do we just take all this good stuff with us when we leave? 

I call your attention to Psalm 92. 

The righteous will flourish like a palm tree,
they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon;
 planted in the house of the Lord,
they will flourish in the courts of our God.
 They will still bear fruit in old age,
they will stay fresh and green,
 proclaiming, “The Lord is upright;
he is my Rock, and there is no wickedness in him.”

If we plant ourselves in God’s word and in his house, we will continue to grow.  What’s more than that, we will bear fruit in our old age – stay fresh and green!  We can continue to share Jesus with those around us in some form or fashion. 

This is the stage of life when we’re all “used to be’s.”  We all used to be something.  Faster, healthier, prettier.  I used to have hips that didn’t hurt, feet that walked better, a face that wasn’t so wrinkled, hair that wasn’t…oops…don’t go there!  Gray is not my color.  Whatever I used to be, I am – we are – still important in God’s kingdom today.  And I still have work that he expects me to do. 
I am here to proclaim: the Lord is upright.  He is my rock.

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