When I was in my early thirties I remember saying to a prominent lawyer in Binghamton, NY, “Where is the wisdom of age in our society? It seems like the older people are running after the same stuff as the younger people. Now that I am twice as old I find that the wisdom is there among my friends. Perhaps we just have to ask.
At a gathering of these friends I asked them, if you could share one word of wisdom with a twenty year old what would you say? These were couples it their fifties and sixties that had found Jesus in their walk through life. It was unanimous that the most important thing would be to surrender to Jesus. Here is there second spur of the moment responses.
- Be patient, wait for God, and don’t jump ahead.
- Walk forward and do what comes to you (you don’t have to look for it or make it happen).
- Stuff happens! Troubles will come your way. Walk through them with God and you’ll become stronger, and the good times will seem even better.
- Pray “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done”, this prayer is good in all situations. Ask God to put you into his day.
- As a part of the body of Christ, stay in your place. All jobs are not your jobs. Leave room for others and you’ll avoid burn out.
- Cherish every moment with your children for the time passes quickly.
- If you’ve got something to do, do it. Push yourself to get started and the finish will come. Enjoy your work.
- God is in the circumstances. Don’t spend your time trying to avoid circumstances but embrace them. Find God in your circumstances.
- Enjoy life whatever your life is. God does always seek us, finds us and carries us. This is the higher perspective.
- Don’t take yourself too seriously.