A Powerful Equation
TIME + EXPERIENCE + RESOURCES = SIGNIFICANT KINGDOM IMPACT
Something incredible is happening across the country. Never before in history have so many people lived into the later years of life with so much health and vitality. In fact, by the year 2030, nearly a quarter of our population will be 65+ in age. This is a huge group of people with the ability to make a powerful impact for Christ. Just consider what they have to offer:
Time. As someone moves into the later years of life, they tend to have more discretionary time. Notice I did not say they have free time, but they do have more flexibility with how they spend their time. They may be slowing down in their careers and the days of hands-on parenting are over, so they have time to invest in new and purposeful things. Mary is a woman who retired at the age of 62 and shortly after, went on a mission trip to Rwanda. She has sponsored a child from this country and plans to return to Rwanda to do more work. Mary is making the most of her time.
Experience. The dictionary defines experience as something personally lived through or encountered. By the time someone is in their later years, they have experienced A LOT! Family experiences, work experiences, and difficult experiences. Someone once said, God never wastes an experience. And the question for many baby boomers and beyond is, “How does God want me to use all of this experience, all of this knowledge, all of these things I’ve gone through, for his purposes?”
Resources. By the second-half of life, adults have accumulated quite a bit, not only in finances but in possessions. The Bible reminds us that all we have belongs to God. One man and woman opened up the mother-n-law quarters of their large home to house missionaries who were home on furlough. This is just one of many ways to use resources for Kingdom-building.
In many churches across America, the time, experience and resources of older adults are lying dormant. If you are a young person, look for ways to encourage the older adults in your life to serve. If you are an older adult, don’t settle into the world’s leisure-filled retirement. Instead, get up and get in the game. We desperately need what you have to give!
In addition to time, experience and resources, what else do you see that baby boomers and beyond have to offer? Any stories of people who are leveraging their lives for God’s purposes? Do share.
*This article was first published in the newsletter, A Chosen Generation, July 2011.