Change of age, change of direction

I was sitting in our senior adult Sunday school class and an interesting thought went though my mind while we were discussing Caleb and his desire to carry out his dream. You can read about it in Joshua 14:6-15. Forty years earlier Moses had sent 12 men to scout out the territory that God was going to give to His people the Israelites. They had found giants living in the hill country. The vote was ten to two that they could not conquer the land.

God made them wander for 40 years in the desert wildernes until all of the men had died who were 20 years of age and older. They had sided with the ten. Now while they were conquering the land, Joshua brought up the topic that he still wanted to fight the giants. He was 85 years old. He and his men routed and killed many of the big guys.

As I looked at our class about half of the 20-plus people were over 80 years of age. Joshua had said that he was just as strong for battle as he was 40 years earlier. None of our group would claim to be as physically able as we were 40 years ago. I certainly would not try to run a 26-mile marathon or play hockey against young guys like I used to.

But all of us in that group can pray, love, serve, encourage and tell people about God and His love. Certainly we all change and must change directions as we get older. We still have hills to climb and giants to conquer. Philippians 4:13 tells us what we can do: "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." Retire and quit? No! Change directions? Yes!

For the 2012 Club, May 6 takes us to I Kings 13 and Luke 24.

Refire, not retire!

Crist Langelett writes a twice-monthly column on faith. He is a chaplain for the North St. Paul city, police and fire departments, a chaplain at Washington County Jail, a past president of the North St. Paul Area Emergency Food Shelf and one of the founders of North St. Paul's Polar Arena. He is active in civic groups and his local church.