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2/27/13 at 02:43 AM 5 Comments

The Aging Process: Stagnate or Generate?

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During my quiet time, the Holy Spirit stopped me at Acts 13:36a: “. . . when David had served God’s purpose in his own generation, he fell asleep . . .”

The New Year is typically a time of reflection and evaluation for me. Questions play on my mind: Am I doing what God wants me to do? If so, what steps am I currently taking to fulfill His particular mission and stay on task?

Stay on task. Often easier said than done. Still, the older I get, the more tuned in I am to the special purpose God has for me. I want to love God and love others with all my heart, soul, and mind through the platform of writing, speaking, and teaching. That goal is what gets me up in the morning. These pursuits excite me. They provide an outlet bigger than myself.

All important criteria for staying focused. For being a person who generates (creates, produces) rather than a person who stagnates (does not create or produce).

As we age and more and more circumstances arise beyond our control such as children leaving home, physical bodies wearing out, and aging parents dying, we are sometimes tempted to give in to discouragement and give up trying new things. We may doubt we have the energy, time, or resources to fulfill the dreams God has placed on our hearts.

Yet now is the time to invest in something that will outlive us, to leave a legacy of faithfulness to the next generation.

What is your particular passion? What gets you out of bed? What dream have you pushed to the back burner? During these days of reflection, ask the Lord to revive your heart with His special mission, one that only you can fulfill. Then take steps to cooperate with Him in fulfilling that dream.

Trust that God can use you as you age. A great comfort is Psalm 71:18: “Even when I am old and gray, do not forsake me, O God, till I declare your power to the next generation, your might to all who are to come.”


Eileen Rife, author of Second Chance, speaks to women’s groups on a variety of topics. She is currently working on three projects: Seasons of Hope, December Sunrise, and book one, Scarlett Ribbons, in the Savvy Sisters series.,

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