Defining Moments 

Senior Moments 

June 13, 2021

Since my youth, God, You have taught me, and to this day I declare your marvelous deeds. Even when I am old and gray do not forsake me my God, until I declare your power to the next generation, your mighty acts to all who are to come. (Psalm 71:17-18)

-Everybody wants a long life; nobody wants to get old.

-There’s no cure for aging except God.

However, old age isn’t as short as it used to be.

We are all participants or observers of a longevity revolution.

Age is the result of experience + deterioration.

Rise in the presence of the aged. Show respect for the elderly and revere your God. I am the Lord. (Leviticus 19:32)

If anyone makes a special vow to dedicate persons to the Lord by giving equivalent value…let the amount be set of a male between the ages of twenty and sixty at fifty shekels of silver… If it is a person sixty years or more, set the value at fifteen shekels. (Leviticus 27:2-3,7)

Remember your creator in the days of your youth before the days of trouble come and the years approach when you say, “I find no pleasure in them…” (Ecclesiastes 12:1)

…when the keepers of the house tremble and the strong men stoop… (Ecclesiastes 12:3)

…when the grinders cease because they are few… (Ecclesiastes 12:3)

…and those looking through the windows grow dim… (Ecclesiastes 12:3)

…men rise up at the sound of birds, but all their sounds grow faint… (Ecclesiastes 12:4)

…when the almond tree starts to blossom… (Ecclesiastes 12:5)

…and the grasshopper drags himself along… (Ecclesiastes 12:5)

…and desire is no longer stirred. (Ecclesiastes 12:5)

Then man goes to his eternal home and mourners go about the streets. Remember God—before the silver cord is severed or the golden bowl is broken, before the pitcher is shattered at the spring or the wheel broken at the well, and the dust returns to the ground it came from and the spirit returns to the God who gave it. (Ecclesiastes 12:5-7)

Don’t you know that your [aging] body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you? Don’t you know that [even in your last years] you have the Holy Spirit from God, and you [elderly] don’t belong to yourselves? You have been bought and paid for, so honor God with your [elderly] body. (1 Corinthians 6:19-20) –Will Willimon’s paraphrase

1. I need whole-hearted faith throughout my whole life.

…we can surely do it. (Numbers 13:30)

“I was forty when Moses sent me…to explore the land. And I brought him back a report according to my convictions, but my brothers who went up with me made the hearts of the people melt with fear. I, however, followed the Lord my God wholeheartedly.” (Joshua 14:7-8)

2. I need a challenge worthy of my best efforts.

We never age out of the adventure of Holy Spirit-led living.

“So here I am today, 85 years old! I am still as strong today as the day Moses sent me out. I’m just as vigorous to go out to battle now as I was then. Now, give me this hill country that the Lord promised me that day. You yourself heard then that the Anakites were there and their cities were large and fortified. But, the Lord helping me, I will drive them out just as he said.” (Joshua 14:10-12)

We saw the descendants of Anakites there. We seem like grasshoppers next to them. (Numbers 13:33)

Deliberately induced problems, and challenges, are required literally to keep your brain healthy and developing.

3. I need to stay connected in community.

Community is life-giving. Isolation is terminal.

Since my youth, God, You have taught me, and to this day I declare your marvelous deeds. Even when I am old and gray do not forsake me my God, until I declare your power to the next generation, your mighty acts to all who are to come. (Psalm 71:17-18)

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