Having spent the last couple days in Gatlinburg, TN at the Smoky Mountain Jubilee, a Senior Adult retreat sponsored by my denomination has gotten me thinking about some advice my dad gave me.
(By the way, I was only there because of my wife’s age! 😉 )
He told me that as a pastor I should give special attention to making sure the children and the elderly were taken care of in my church; all the ones in the middle, he said, were busy with their lives and didn’t need me bothering them–but they’d be thankful and supportive of me for taking care of their children and elderly.
I never forgot that advice and put it into action all my years of pastoring and even now in my new ministry position as Church Ministries Director. (Senior Adult ministries is a part of my ministry portfolio, which is the real reason I attended this year—but don’t tell Sonja!)
Dad’s advice served me well and I think it will do the same for you, whether you are a pastor or not.
In your family, church or life in general there are children and elderly that need your attention and love. And I have learned from experience that you will receive far more than you ever give both from those special children and elderly in your life and from God.
- The ONE THING for today: Turns out the Boys Scouts are correct—helping a little old lady across the street really does get you a merit badge!
Leviticus 19:32 (NKJV)
You shall rise before the gray headed and honor the presence of an old man, and fear your God: I am the Lord.
Matthew 19:13-14 (NKJV)
13 Then little children were brought to Him that He might put His hands on them and pray, but the disciples rebuked them.
14 But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven.”