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Midday blog: Serving as We Age

I’m in my 50’s. For anyone, woman or man, it is a decade where we usually have great energy and creativity.  If we’ve married and had children, they are usually older and we have time and energy to put into other things. If we are single, we often re-evaluate and determine where we want to spend ourselves. Church, volunteer work, employment, all of those are options for our time and energy.  We often have a bit more margin for spiritual and personal growth as well. But how will we choose, what will we choose?

I’ve also seen people get restless in their 50’s and choose not to reflect on why. Instead they’ll look to vacations, purchases, endless media consumption, unhealthy relationships, and a variety of things outside themselves to quell their uneasy souls. There is nothing inherently wrong with a vacation.  Everyone needs rest, relaxation and refreshment. The underlying motive is what we have to look at.

We have an attitude of entitlement in the West.  One that says, “I’ve worked hard all my life! I deserve a rest!” But usually we don’t mean a 2 week break, we mean we’re done and it’s someone else’s turn. We retire from work, and sometimes from life.

There are young women crying out for mentors, will you be one? There is a young single mom down the block struggling financially who needs a caretaker of her 2 year old one day a week, would you consider it? Your church needs a part time accountant, do you have those skills? A missionary your church supports needs a car for 3 weeks while they are in town, do you have a spare?

Get creative in ways you can serve and still have flexibility to visit and care for grandkids. Take an online class from Moody Bible Institute’s Distance Learning to help your spiritual growth. Choose to read a great book, a biography of Fanny Crosby or Nelson Mandela, a voice that might bring a different perspective to your life and challenge your faith. Think outside the box!

How are you continuing to serve and continuing to grow as you get older?

Anita LustreaAnita Lustrea is a graduate of Moody Bible Institute and has worked for Moody Radio since 1984. She is a sought-after conference and retreat speaker and loves to connect with Midday Connection listeners face-to-face. Anita lives in the Chicago suburbs with her husband, Mike, and her son, John. To learn more about Anita, her speaking schedule and her blog, please visit her website.

 

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8 thoughts on “Midday blog: Serving as We Age

  1. I so agree with your thoughts Anita…My husband and I took a leap of faith and moved to CO this Spring to help with college ministry. We are both moving closer to the 50 mark, empty nesters and knew this was the perfect time to go and serve. Through a year of praying for what that would look like the Lord walked ahead of us and one door after another opened. We are currently working with 20’s and will also be mentoring a small group of incoming freshman this fall from the University. How we have grown and been stretched already I can’t even begin to tell you!! God is faithful to His calling and I wouldn’t trade the comforts of my hometown across the country to miss what He is showing us through this faith journey!!

  2. Donna Chapman on said:

    I can hardly believe I am 70…..sounds so OLD but feels so YOUNG. I retired from my teaching job eight years ago and began doing Meals on Wheels, and other volunteer work. Then a few years ago I had the chance to work part time teaching reading to kindergarteners…..oh boy! I love it. Now I dred summer and try to stay useful by having my grandchildren come to stay. I wish you had more programs on aging……I feel like we are an overlooked part of the population with lots of talent and time to give. Love Milrose……a chance to visit with all of you.

  3. I had those same feelings Anita. It just didn’t feel right to me. We have so much to give !!! Soooo I took on 2 foster children at 50 ages 3 and 4. Adopted them a year later I am having a second motherhood and the time of my life (most of the time)

  4. Janet Smith on said:

    Anita, I just turned 60 this year, still work full time work and just finished my masters degree. These things are what the Lord has given me to do and I am so thankful to have the opportunity to do them. What is next? I don’t have a clear picture, but I do know that God has seen my beginning to my end and He knows. That’s how I live now, one day at a time, waiting for his direction and grace, which is abundant :)

  5. Donna Sparks on said:

    Thanks, Anita! You gave me some more ideas…on top of the 6 hours a week I volunteer as a website proofreader-sermon synopsis writer (etc) for my church. I’m working on my 70th year…and I see no need to call it quits just yet!

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