You're worth it, too!
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As I was skimming through my recent blog post You're Worth It, I realized that the call-outs were directed almost entirely to millenials; and seeing as my readership is pretty diverse in age, I thought it only fair to bring the focus to the forgotten group: the non-youths. (I just coined that term...AKA made it up.) I'm speaking to you:
Mom who set aside your career to raise your children
Dad who has spent the last few months coaching your kid's Little League team
Parent with the empty nest, wondering what's next for you
Grandparent who can't remember what you did before raising kids...and teaching your kids to raise kids ;)
AND Anyone who shared the last blog post with someone who needed it without really letting it sink in that I was talking to you
In case you've forgotten, I really want to remind you:
YOU'RE WORTH IT, TOO!
You really are. It's not just the youngins that have a promising future. It's not just the college kids who can change the world. It's not just the next generation who will create, inspire, and lead. It is you.
No matter your age, no matter how many years left in your life. You are worth it. You are worth every ounce of love that God has given you. You are worth every breath of life God ordained for you to breathe. Your life is worth living and leaving a legacy.
As a society, we tend to harp on the importance of children. After all, "they are our future". I'm so tired of hearing that spoken...and it's said in all kinds of ways. I think it's a diversion and (accidentally maybe subconsciously purposefully) an excuse. It's a way to say, "We have to teach children to be fearless/peaceful/loving/etc." but what we're really saying is: "I'm past the age of growing, so maybe I can just teach the next generation to grow". It is too easy for older adults to fade into the background. !!!As a millenial, I sincerely appreciate the older adults who helped me become who I am today!!!, but I have a fresh new message for all of you... YOU ARE WORTH IT! You are worth just as much love from God as we always remind children that they receive. Our society tends to forget about the older generation, but you are not forgotten by God. He created your TODAY to be just as important as any young person's today. Whether you are young, old, or very old (:P), God has a REAL AND DEFINITIVE purpose for your life. Whether you have 20 years left to live, 10 years, or 10 days. God has a purpose for every single day you are alive. Don't forget that. Don't settle for the enemy's lies saying, "The next gen will fix that problem someday..." God listed your days long before He created the world and knew exactly what you would be able to accomplish. And I am sure He didn't plan your life and say, "Well, (s)he'll be getting worn down by retirement age. I don't need him/her to do anything else after 65." No! God needs you to do what He has for you today! He needs you to make an impact. Imagine how much could be accomplished if you seized every day from now until your last!
If you really want to inspire the next generation to be world changers, you have to show them that they can shape their destiny, one day at a time. Children learn more by what they see rather than what they hear. The next generation needs to see:
Parents who are overcoming obstacles, breaking bad habits, becoming the people they want to be
Teachers who are growing, learning, and flexible
Elderly adults who are still stretching to reach new heights
When that happens, children will learn that they can overcome obstacles at any age. They can face their fears. They can challenge themselves to grow...year by year, decade by decade.
Here's what it boils down to: Today is THE day to make the impact you want to have!Today is the day, and there is no other. Whatever is stirring in your soul to do, to become, to create, to change...do it today. Don't waste your years: your young ones, your older ones, your years you never expected to reach. Keep striving to learn, grow, and become.
As I looked for the best Biblical passage to affirm this message, I looked for something along the lines of "even in old age, God has a plan for you", and I couldn't recall anything I read in the Bible along those lines. Then I realized - that's EXACTLY it! It's not that God isn't using older people in the Bible, it's that SO many of his faithful stewards were older in age, that it doesn't stand out as remarkable. What does this tell me? That it should be the natural course of life to continue to be God's vessel, even as we age. And just to put a cherry on top of the sundae, Psalm 71 says:
"You who have made me see many troubles and calamities will revive me again; from the depths of the earth you will bring me up again. You will increase my greatness and comfort me again... My lips will shout for joy, when I sing praises to you; my soul also, which you have redeemed."
What a beautiful way to age, with the Lord redeeming your soul again and again.
I'm so thankful for the older adults who I've seen grow older, wiser, funner, funnier, take on new hobbies, reach out to help their neighbors, challenge themselves to new activities, and become more than they could have in their younger years. It's exciting and inspiring. Thanks to you, I know my best days aren't contained in my twenties, but the best is yet to come!
This post is dedicated to my dear grandparents. Carpe diem!