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Never Grow Old

When Joshua had grown old, the Lord said to him,
“You are now very old, and there are still
very large areas of land to be taken over.”
Joshua 13:1

My dad is 82, and my mother is 78. I found it funny recently when my mother called to let me know they would be out of town for the day. They were taking an “older couple” in their church for a doctor’s appointment. 

I am blessed that my parents are both still active and enjoying good health. It is a joy to see them making memories with their grandchildren and great grandchildren. But more joyful than that is the zeal that they still have for serving the Lord.

My father has been in the ministry for over 60 years, and my mother has worked by his side. He has tried to “retire”, but the Lord continues to offer opportunities for service. He is currently pastoring a small church in our community. He loves the Lord. He loves to preach the gospel. And the people love him as their pastor.

What an example they are to me in my Christian service. We are never too old to serve the Lord. In the Bible, Joshua is an example of this truth. As a young man, Joshua was sent to spy out the Promised Land. Only Joshua and Caleb believed the Israelites could conquer the enemies there. So the people wandered for 40 more years while a generation perished. At age 80, Joshua led Israel to victory in their new homeland. 

Then our scripture says, “Joshua had grown old.” But God does not speak of a retirement plan. Instead, God says, “There are still very large areas of land to be taken over.” Joshua still had a task to do. Divide the land.

What about you? Do you think you are getting too old to serve the Lord? Maybe you have taught Sunday School, led in the women’s ministry, and sung in the choir. But there are still “lands” left to conquer. Children still need to hear stories of the Bible. Younger women need to be mentored and encouraged. Older people need to be visited and assisted with needs. Many need our prayers. And people still need to hear the gospel. We are never too old to tell others about God’s love.

Lord, I want to be active and a part of building your kingdom. Thank you for the example of those who have been faithful. Let me always be looking for opportunities to serve you.


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