Senior Adults are a blessing – Week 41
This week Windermere is hosting our Senior Adult Retreat. Most of my experience has been with students. But, I have been blessed this week by amazing senior adults.
Senior adults have an interesting dynamic. Whenever I would stop and talk to a senior adult, it is not a short conversation. It seems to be more important to senior adults to relate and engage people than to worry about and rushing off to the “next thing.” I think they have learned how to live a meaningful life.
Have you ever been in a Bible study about the eternal rewards or crowns of a servant?
That is what I think of when I engage senior adults. This week I am reminded about how they model each one of those crowns.
- The imperishable crown – 1 Corinthians 9:24-27
This is the crown of those who have victoriously run the race. I visited with a senior adult who was clear in saying, I want to honor the Lord with my life. Especially the autumn years. I get motivated when I hear that in senior adults.
- The crown of exultation – Philippians 4:1 and 1 Thessalonians 2:19-20
I see senior adults who know what it means to be a faithful witness for Christ. By the way, the rewards for this crown is all about quality not quantity. I had a great conversation with a senior adult who is still taking mission trips and she is in her 89th year!
- The crown of righteousness – 2 Timothy 4:7-8
This crown is for those folks who live each day in anticipation of Christ’s return. I love the assurance in the eyes of these senior adults knowing that Christ will be coming soon.
- The crown of life – James 1:12
This crown is for those saints who have endured suffering and loved the Savior through it all. I love hearing the stories of senior adults who talk more about their love for the Lord in spite of the trials they have endured. That is a true testimony.
- The crown of glory – 1 Peter 5:1-14
This crown is for those who have faithfully shepherded a flock. They model sacrifice, humility and willingness. These senior adults know people and they know what sacrificial dedication is all about.
Remember the passage in Revelation 4:9-11 where God’s servants are before the throne. Interestingly, they are not showing off their crowns. The Bible says they are bowing before the throne and casting their crowns before the Lord in adoration and praise to the only one worthy of praise – the Lord God.
This week I met many senior adults who will be a part of that scene!
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