In my early 30’s my hair began to turn silver, and over a period of ten years, it became a mass of silver strands. I’m an example that you can’t associate hair color with age.
Unfortunately, all too often I hear retired people say, “I’m too old to _____________.” God uses people according to their “usability” instead of age. Yet, when I turned seventy, something made me wonder if I was getting too old to minister to others through public speaking. After my husband died, I had to cancel a speaking engagement, and then the buts began messing with my mind. “But what if I get sick and can’t do the conference,” and “What if my material is outdated because I’ve been out of the church office for five years?”
My book, “The Donut Theory” is an inspiration and meditative book written for church support staff. At the time I wrote it, there were no other books of this type. Part of me wants to “retire” from the ministry of presenting to church staff, and yet I get the nagging feeling that if I quit, my book will die on the vine. Therefore, I need to get my “butt” into action and squash the “buts” and look for places to share my ministry. If it is God’s will, it will happen.
Lord, help us remember one never retires from ministry you’ve called us to do. Amen.