Growing Old Sucks. . . (Suck It Up and Deal With It!)

SEPTEMBER 28

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Ahh, man… getting old sucks. Getting old in ministry REALLY sucks! Part of what I struggle with in the aging process in ministry is the fact that what I’m dealing with is simple karma. I deserve the struggles I’m having due to the foolish arrogance of my own youth. And part of the struggles are simply a part of the natural order of things.

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In our youth, we have vision and dreams. Our ideas are so bold that the older generation scoffs and scorns us yet we know God speaks to us and we are right.

Yet as we age, we find wisdom and we begin to understand the value of patience and listening to The Lord. In both instances, we are very susceptible to making grave errors in our judgment: we are wary of new ideas and may no longer be as willing to make those leaps of Faith as we did in our younger days. But we are wise enough to realize we no longer have all the answers. The question is… are we wise enough to hear out those younger then us to whom God has now given His dreams and visions to?

The younger generation will seldom listen to their elder statesmen. They haven’t learned how to value the wisdom of those who’ve gone before them. But that’s not my problem – that’s God’s lessons to teach them. But I will say this: they are far more inclined to ask what I think and seek the wisdom of my experience when I’m inclined to hear out their crazy ideas and give serious considerations to the visions they have. Our plans for successful ministry hinge upon new visions and unspoken dreams of young men but require the wisdom of old men to see them carried out successfully. God set it up this way on purpose, in order that both young and old would learn to lean on each other.

When I was younger, it felt as if no one listened to me. Funny… it still seems that way. It’s exactly the same issue, regardless of where you are in your life or ministry: you wish to be heard but don’t desire to listen.

I thought at this stage in the game, people might value my experience. I hoped that I’d someday reach the place where others might seek out my advice, my wisdom, my insight. It still feels like nobody cares to listen to what I might have to say. And today, I feel as vulnerable and insecure as I did when I first entered ministry. But what I didn’t know then that I’ve learned over the years is that there is only one voice that matters. I do listen more then I use to, but when I arrive at these moments of insecurity and doubt, where it seems as if no one believes in me anymore – or even gives me enough notice to even give me THAT much thought, I stop and laugh! Haven’t I felt this way since the very beginning? All that’s change is my perspective from my age and a few gray hairs! In my youth, my mind told me “They won’t listen cause they think you’re too young” versus my mind telling me “They won’t listen to you cause you’re too old…” That is the voice not of others, but of the enemy. He baits my ego using pride and insecurity. And I’m still falling for it!

I wasn’t too young back then for God to use me just as I’m not too old, today. The question is whether I’m willing to listen to His voice and allow His Holy Spirit to continue leading me. I have the wisdom to hear those brilliant, wonderful visions of young men and a bit more patience to consider everything they say. I know that if they choose to seek me out, I’ll be right here and if they don’t… I can be alright with that, too. Ultimately, it has no bearing on the tasks God has set before me. I still have a great deal more to do. And each day, my only goal is too seek God first and foremost to discover where HE needs me.

Made with Repix (http://repix.it)You’re not done until The Lord says you are done… there are still lands to possess and territories for God to occupy. As long as I continue to be willing and available, The Lord will use me to accomplish His Will. We are never used up until the moment we decide on our own to cease following our Lord where He is calling us. Resist the urge the give up. . . The Lord, Almighty, isn’t even close to being done with you, today. Peace, Sean Gutteridge

Today’s Scripture:

Joshua 13:1

Now Joshua was old and advanced in years, and the LORD said to him, “You are old and advanced in years, and there remains yet very much land to possess.

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