”…go on to maturity…” [Hebrews 6:1]
- Growing up vs. growing old: Thoughts on ageing have been on my mind, not negatively, but in proper perspective. There is the need for balance at any age, like profit and loss, gaining and losing a healthy bottom line is the equal to a life well lived; past times when the seasons cultivated something more than the immediate. When what was, what is and what is yet to come has a fulcrum designed to give and to grow. David knew this when he said, “He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. And whatever he does shall prosper” [Psalm 1:3]
- Experiential: Maturity whether from the worldly or spiritual perspective cannot be ‘micro-waved’ you can’t ‘nuke’ life into a 30 second sound-bite. Maturity grows daily through experiences that are not gleaned from the pages of a book or heard from the pulpit. Revelation is awesome a moment of explosive light to the soul. The reality of God’s love for mankind and seeing Him move prophetically through the universe, but without personal application revelation is lost in the process of life!
- Undivided: The aging process should not separate us from the younger generation; without the wisdom gained through experience the much more of God is lost. Timothy was told – let no man despise your youth, but we must remember it was Paul that was sharing that wisdom! Timothy needed Paul and Paul needed Timothy. The youth in Elisha’s time were aware of the same need. As they worked to build and increase, the young men said to Elisha – “…Please! Come along with us…He said, “Certainly”…and he went with them.” [2 Kings 6:3-4 The Message]
May those leading the way forward be held in high esteem and those that come behind find a fulcrum willing to listen, learn and live the legacy left behind.
Further Reading: Proverbs 16 – 2 Timothy 4