“…this one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press onward toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:13-14
Adults are living longer than ever before, with an extra two to three decades of life that wasn’t a reality for past generations.
We at Evergreen are seeking to:
– Discover ways to harness the benefits of those extra decades of life
– Improve the quality of life for all Christian adults as they age
– Assist them in understanding how they can continue to serve the Lord within their gifts
– Grow more as people of influence as they deepen their relationship in Christ Jesus
That’s what growing older should be about – handing off an example of godly living to our children, grandchildren, and a church full of younger adults who are all looking on, watching our example.
We need to be sure we do it well. Paul’s descriptive word-picture in Philippians 3 is this baton handoff. “Forgetting the past, straining to what lies ahead, pressing toward the goal” do not depict ones’ retirement.
It’s not how we retire vocationally, it’s how we “re-fire” to live out the balance of our lives as Christ-followers. In scripture, you never read a single story about a person of faith who “retired” from serving God. Let this be true of us.