Old and Gray

  • Feb. 19, 2016
  • #8820

92 year old Len testifies that old age does not have to keep us from using our gifts and skills to the fullest.

Old and Gray

Hi, I’m Joni Eareckson Tada with an encouraging word if you’re a senior.

Because you’re going to love this story if you’re over the age of 60, or 70, 80, or even 90! It has to do with the worship team at the little church where Ken and I attend. The music team is made up of some pretty young people, but not all of them are millennials. The man up front who adds harmony and plays a set of bongos—his name is Len—and he is 92 years old, and he uses a walker. I bet that ours is the only church in America that has a nonagenarian on their worship team, and if your church does, you’ve got to let me know about it so I can quit bragging on our precious Len.

As you would imagine, Len has all the aches and pains that go with being in your 90’s. He even wears sandals over his socks and pushes a walker. It is so neat to see him hobble up on stage (he always uses the ramp), sliding his walker up to the microphone. And hey, he sings with great harmony and keeps a really good beat! Occasionally he’ll even smack a tambourine against his hip. My point? You are never, ever too old to serve the Lord. And I’m not talking about just making music; I’m talking about how inspiring Len is to us all. Because there are plenty of Sundays when I sit in church and my hip is hurting, and my back is in pain, and I didn’t sleep well the night before and yada yada yada… and then, I see Len, with great effort, get up from his seat, get his walker, and shuffle up onto the stage. All of us kind of hold our breath when he gets to the top of the ramp (like, yikes, “Don’t fall back, Len!”). But I watch him do this and I think: ‘Oh, Joni, if a 92-year-old man can persevere and get up there and serve Jesus and get excited about worshipping, then you certainly can, too!’

So to put it mildly, Len is a wonderful example of what it means to serve the Lord by using your gifts to the fullest. What a testimony he is to all of us in Christ’s kingdom. So if you’re getting up there in age, if you don’t think your gifts and skills can be used much anymore, God has some pretty encouraging words for you from Isaiah chapter 46 where the Lord says, “Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you.” Wow! Those are great words for any senior!

My friend Len is going to go out in a blaze of glory. He’s not going to let his candle be snuffed out by his old age or his aches or pains. And I have a feeling even if one day he’ll be bedridden, he’ll make his bedroom his prayer room – oh my goodness, he is one of the most faithful participants in our Wednesday night prayer meetings at church. Len really knows how to invest in heavenly glories above.

And no matter what your age, I want to help you get ready for heaven. I’ve got a handful of tracts I’ve written about heaven and I just know the insights will inspire and refresh your heart. Because remember, heaven is the bottom-line for all of us Christians. It’s what we are working toward. It’s why we are serving the Lord diligently because like Len, you and I want to hear those heartwarming words from our Savior, “Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been trustworthy in a few things, now come enter the happiness of your Master.”

Hey, I’ve posted a photo of Len on my radio page today, so please visit us at joniandfriends.org and while you are there ask for your free gift of heaven tracts and take a minute to enjoy that fun photo of my good friend Len. When you have a chance today, drop by joniandfriends.org.

© Joni and Friends

 

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