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The Best Days are Ahead!

I was recently listening to a message as while I was working on some monotonous tasks and was only half paying attention. That is, until I heard the speaker ask about what is our “most productive decade of life”.  Citing the work of leadership coach/consultant Bobb Biehl, he said that we are most productive when we are in our 60s!  Surprised?  Then the next most productive stage of our lives is when we’re in our 70s.  Finally, the third most productive decade of life is when we’re in our 50s.

We live in a … youth-obsessed culture and people think: “Well I’ll get to 40 or 45, or maybe 50 and that’s the peak and then it’s all downhill from there, it’s a slow decline you know”.

He [Bobb Biehl] said that we have it wrong when we use terms like over the hill. He said, “In my experience, the 50s people have just gotten to know themselves enough that they’re really meaningfully entering into their life’s work, they’re hitting their stride and by their 60s and 70s they have so much to offer others. At time when their natural energy is declining their strategic energy is just peaking … the best days are ahead!”

As one who struggles with getting old and feeling washed up (especially in church), this was a much-needed tonic. You know, when I pause to reflect on this, I see there is much truth to what he said. Huh! This old guy’s not done yet! The best days are ahead!

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Crossroads

On Sep 13 I received an email from the lead teaching pastor (we’ll call him Gary) informing me of his resignation from the church I belong to. I was shocked and saddened but not totally surprised. Why was I not surprised?  Because in February of this year, a colleague at work predicted he would be gone before the year was over. Indeed, just 2 days prior to receiving the resignation email, my colleague sent me this email:

Next year will be a new beginning for your church.
Focus your energy to prepare the church in the era after the change happens.

Don’t ask me how he knew. I’m not sure he even knows!

NOTE: this post is NOT about Gary and NOT about trying to analyze why he left. It’s actually about my own journey and how this is but one event in a series of events that have happened during the past year or so.

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Make a Joyful Noise

Today I sang in the church choir again. To be honest, I don’t know how to sing, let alone sing the bass part of today’s hymn. I never intended to be part of the choir, but I am not good at saying “No”; I just want to serve, do something, do anything. One day, I will be able to use what God has gifted me in some small measure, but for now, I am happy to help in any way I can. This is a miracle, this new attitude of mine, and I can’t take any credit for this change.

But I can’t sing. I’ve never ever sang in a choir before (other than once several weeks ago; I thought it was going to be a one-time thing).

I felt quite discouraged for the rest of the worship service.

But then I thought of Col. 3:16: “Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts.” (NLT)

Later, I providentially came across this article, Your Church Needs to Hear You Sing, in which the author asks, “Do you love the members of your church enough to minister to them through song?” Well, yes .. but, but .. I can’t sing! Anyhow, while the writer focuses on the vital importance of congregational singing, still, I suppose, singing in the choir is another opportunity to worship God and to (hopefully) edify my brothers and sisters.

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