Last night my husband and I led a marriage event at our local church. We were teaching couples in the “Art” of Active Listening. I had imagined that the bulk of our attendance would be younger couples eager to tackle the challenges of newer marriages. Imagine my surprise when numerous mature couples began to fill the building. I was very blessed to recognize that these older folks still wanted to work on their marriages! wow! I can only imagine the example this set for our younger generation. We need our sage seniors in our lives!
I was tickled that my own parents who have been married 60 years attended this event led by us, their own kids! In talking with them they expressed sincerely that they felt the tool we were teaching would bring value to them as well. The interesting twist here is this: one of the couples at our table whose relationship has been a very difficult one, made the effort to come but had nowhere for their 4 month old baby. My mother, sensing the need for this couple to have an opportunity to grow, asked to hold this little girl who fell asleep in her arms for 90 minutes, giving them a chance to focus on their relationship. The young mom cried tears of gratefulness for the love she had been shown. We need sage seniors in our lives!
I am certain that God intended us to have impact far into our twilight years. I believe our impact can only be richer, wiser, and more valuable. For those of you who are presently Sage Seniors I ask that you continue to pour into our lives. Pray for us and speak wisdom into our life situations. For those of us who are knocking on the door of our seniors years I ask that we keep looking for places to have impact, to mentor, to use the lessons we’ve learned to help others. For the younger generation I would challenge you to seek out the wisdom of those seniors in your sphere of life. In areas of finances, marriage, or faith, these sage seniors in your life can help you to miss some of the mistakes others have made.
They will still yield fruit in old age; They shall be full of sap and very green.
“Wisdom is with aged people, With long life comes understanding.
Such a great reminder! 🙂