Older can be better

One story in the Bible always encourage me to keep going. When God led His people out of Egypt to go to the promised land, twelve men were sent to spy out the country. Ten doubted God and only Joshua and Caleb said that they could drive out the inhabitants. God made Israel wander in the wilderness for 40 years. The next five years they spent driving out many of the inhabitants.

Caleb, who was now 85 years old, wanted to inherit a certain part of the land. This was the area of the giants who had great and fortified cities. Only he and Joshua said that God would help them capture it 45 years earlier. He insisted that he wanted to do it now because he was still a strong warrior who could lead into battle. He did and was successful.

We are not Calebs. We would not expect to lead our team in football, hockey or basketball. God has a host of other activities that people in the 60s, 70s and 80s can do. We have a few people still volunteering in our food shelf who are in their 80s. Some are doing care center and home visitations. Others are teaching, preaching or even writing books. Yes, we may need to slow down, but quit, no.

Statistics show that people who stay active are healthier, happier and live longer. We have the option of choosing the activities that we like best. Slow down, yes, quit, no. That's what I did when I turned 80. It's fun and enjoyable. God has something for each of us.

For the 2013 Club, Feb. 24 takes us to Numbers 13 and Mark 5.

Try it, you will like it.

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.