August 2022 Update
Every day I witness the phenomenon of people who have learned the “art of doing nothing.” They seem to have no concept of the value of time or purpose for living. Talk show host Bill Maher recently defined life as “killing time until you die.” He speaks for a vast majority of those who in essence hold to that philosophy. Such an attitude should be totally foreign to the Christian who has been “saved on purpose for a purpose.” Especially is it true today when we’re exhorted to “redeem the time, for the days are evil.” Time is a precious commodity that must not “slip through our fingers.” We may not have much money, but we all have 24/7 to invest and use responsibly.
While I know “retirees” who seem to “do nothing” productive; others have been inundated with “busy work” and social activates to “kill time.” Retiring on a pension, etc. does give one an opportunity to “switch gears” and enter a new horizon of interest. But how does that work for a preacher with a God-given burden for ministry? I’m always impressed with the elderly volunteers at the Mission who gladly share God’s love in serving clients and staff; however, it’s been disheartening to see gifted Christian leaders just “drop out” of the ministry at “65” with no real plan for future ministry. Sure there are health issues, etc. but they must not quench the burden for souls. One old mentor use to say, “If I can’t run, I’ll walk; if I can’t walk, I’ll crawl; if I lose my teeth, I’ll gum it to death!” You get the point! I’m trying to say to the older (and younger) brethren that it’s too soon to quit!!
The Church still needs to hear from seasoned pastors/teachers in this critical day! I believe there is a serious dearth of Biblical understanding and conviction in the present-day Church; thus, we desperately need the godly wisdom and encouragement of so-called “retired” veterans. Let’s take the challenge while we have time and opportunity. The real “retirement” is just up ahead when we’re “promoted” to Glory! Amen. (cf. 1 Cor. 15:10, 58)
Thank you for your continued intercession for me. I’m grateful for His enabling grace to minister at the Mission and various venues. My books are gaining some traction, especially in light of increasing mental and spiritual warfare. The battle rages but by grace we must “stay the course.” I’m stirred by Steve Green’s lyrics, “O May those who come behind us find us faithful; may the fire of our devotion light their way; may the footprints that we leave, lead them to believe, and the lives we live inspire them to obey…” So be it, Lord.
My love and gratitude to each of you,
P. S. My beautiful wife Chris has been in Heaven now for two years. My, how I miss her loving touch and faithful support! I can only magnify the Lord for granting me such a precious “help-meet” for 63 years!