We are considering at what age we should say, “This is it. I don’t need to believe I can accomplish anything of value in life. Maybe it’s time for me to sit down and let others do for me.”
I know health affects us more and more as we get older and if we are bed-ridden or wheel chair bound our mobility limits our going and doing. If we find ourself in one of these situations we understand that we may not be able to go however, we still have some control over our own happiness. We still can encourage others. Even if those we love the most do not have time for us, we can repay kindness from those we are around with kindness.
If you are in your seventies, eighties, or older, still have most of your mental capacity, still have some physical mobility, and can communicate with others, you can make a tremendous difference in this world we live.
Let me tell you about Sister Lola. We only saw her once a year at a writer’s conference. She was in her late seventies when we met her, a widow of a Mississippi Pastor, and an encourager to Carolyn and me, always active, happy, and fun to be around. She taught piano several days a week and loved to write encouraging words for everyone she met. She remained active in both her mind and body.
Ms Lola passed away a couple of years ago but my mind often flashes a vivid picture of her beautiful face and warm smile just to remind me of someone who made a difference. Her excitement with life always revived in me a spirit of determination to go on and to be more like her.
One day and we don’t know when that day will be, we will take in our last breath on this earth. Until that day, love those who God brings into your life, forgive those who choose to abandon you, and make a difference wherever you are.
I plan to continue this series a little longer, I have a few more words of encouragement for you and I need to be reminded of how far God has brought me.
by Wayne Brady 3/21/2013