As I enter the latter part of my middle age, I grow increasingly aware of my own mortality. In this past year, I have given four eulogies for family and friends. At these memorial services, I listen to a recounting of the life and accomplishments of the deceased. Only rarely do I hear an example when the last years of a person’s life were the most productive and meaningful. As I listen to these histories, I am reminded of my life and pray that I will be used by God for even greater things than what I am presently doing.
...and said to him, “ Everyone serves the good wine first, and when people have drunk freely, then the poor wine. But you have kept the good wine until now.”
John 2:10 (ESV)
Like the first miracle Jesus performed at the wedding in Cana, God is saving the best for last for all of us. I may be tempted to slow down and saunter into retirement but if I am truly serving God, I should be looking for more opportunities to serve rather than withdraw from life. I have spent my life working and raising a family and God has richly blessed me. But all those experiences are to prepare me for the next step in my journey with God. Will it mean mentoring younger Christians? Will it mean new ministries in church? Will it mean new fellowships with brothers and sisters in Christ working in distant lands? All I know is the blessings I have received will pale in comparison to the future blessings that God will give me, in this life and in Heaven with Him.
I pray that God will allow me to save my best for these last years and finish strong!
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.