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A Word of Encouragement for Members 50 and Older

March 21 2012 at 8:57 pm 2 Comments

In church a few weeks ago, Peter Giglio shared the following words to encourage the church. We asked Peter if we could post them here for everyone’s edification.

Psalm 92:12-14 – “The righteous flourish like the palm tree and grow like the cedar of Lebanon.  They are planted in the house of the Lord, they flourish in the courts or our God.  They still bear fruit in old age, they are ever full of sap and green.”

I believe there are many here today who heard Robin’s [Boisvert] prayer last week and were wondering if that was for you. You are entering a time in your life where you have more time on your hands and less demands. The children are older and have moved out.  Your career has leveled out and you are beginning to think about retirement.  You have stabilized financially and have extra money to spend or give. You are wondering what to do at this time of your life. You are wondering if it’s time to just wind down and let the next generation take over.

I believe God would want to redirect you.  I believe He would want you to know that He has been investing in you all your life and wants a return on his investment.  He has placed gifts and talents in you that he has been developing all your life, and now is the time to use them for His kingdom and his purposes.  Now is the time of fruitfulness.  This should be the best time of your life.  As a result of experiencing Gods faithfulness all your life, it would be fitting that the middle age and older folks be the ones that are the most passionate in worship, the most zealous for good works, the most generous in giving, the most evangelistic, have an increasing burden for the lost, have a desire to be senders or goers in missions, are the most outward-focused, and are the most forward thinking in the growth, health and mission of the church.  This is a call for all those around 50 and older to go, do and be all that God wants you to be at this time in your life.


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Thanks Pete for giving this word.  Chip Grange has the same passion. I’m reminded of Joshua and Kaleb who were promised that they’d have the same strength at 80 as they did at 40. I’d like that for myself. Never been more excited about God and his purposes for the world and our church. I’m sixty and don’t feel old.  In fact I have to calm myself down.

By Paul Kellen on 03/22/2012

I am 71 and definitely in that category.  I determined when driving down Rte 29 some years ago and observing the beautiful foliage of the fall, that I want to leave this earth in a blaze of glory for the Lord just like the fall leaves which are most beautiful at the end of their lives. Thanks for not counting us out. We have much to give.

By Mary Peluso on 03/22/2012
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