The Fruits Of Maturity

March 12, 2004
by Ivie Bozeman

Psalm 90:12 – Teach us to use wisely all the time we have. (CEV)

Psalm 90:10 – The days of our years are threescore and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away. (KJV)

As a genealogy enthusiast, I spend a lot of time in cemeteries and among old records. I can't help noticing how much longer people are living today. Many of our ancestors died before the age of 65. We are being told now that the average person may expect to live until 85. People are retiring much younger, and have more productive years at the end of their lives than our forefathers.

What are we to do with these extra years? Are we to spend them in pursuit of pleasure? Are we to give in to our aging bodies, and wait for death to come? Are we to consider that God might have given us these extra years to do His work? The years when the body grows weak and the mind remains strong are a good opportunity to use our time, talents, and experience for the building up of God's kingdom.

Psalm 92:14 – Even in old age they will still produce fruit and be vital and green. (TLB)

No matter what our age or our health, God still has work for us to do! Many times the last years are the most productive years in a Christian's life.

Prayer: Lord, You have given to each of us a special number of days to love and serve You here on earth. Use us to show forth Your love, to deliver Your message, to bring healing to others, and to lift up the depressed and broken-hearted. Amen.

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Ivie Bozeman <ivie@rose.net>
Thomasville, Georgia, USA

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