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"Everyone wants to live longer, but none of us wants to get old."

- R. Paul Stevens

Then Abraham gave up the ghost, and died in a good old age...

13 Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: "Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree." 14 He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit.

A good old age is the natural result of knowing and living out your purpose!

Remember your Creator in the days of your youth, before the time of trouble comes and the years draw near when you will say, "I see no purpose in them."

You may set aside an occupation but you must never set aside your purpose!

Purpose is not a career choice—it is a calling from God!

Joseph, a Levite from Cyprus, whom the apostles called Barnabas (which means 'Son of Encouragement'), sold a field he owned and brought the money and put it at the apostles feet.

26 When he (Saul) came to Jerusalem, he tried to join the disciples, but they were all afraid of him, not believing that he really was a disciple. But Barnabas took him and brought him to the apostles. 27 He told them how Saul on his journey had seen the Lord and that the Lord had spoken to him, and how in Damascus he had preached fearlessly in the name of Jesus.

12 The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon; 13 Planted in the house of the Lord, they will flourish in the courts of our God. 14 They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green, 15 Proclaiming, "The Lord is upright; He is my Rock, and there is no wickedness in Him."

5 In the time of Herod king of Judea there was a priest named Zechariah, who belonged to the priestly division of Abijah; his wife Elizabeth was also a descendant of Aaron. 6 Both of them where upright in the sight of God, observing all the Lord's commandments and regulations blamelessly. 7 But they had no children, because Elizabeth was barren; and they were both well along in years.

"But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?"

25 Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was on him. 26 It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. 27 Moved by the Spirit, he went into the temple courts. When the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the custom of the Law required, 28 Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying: 29 “Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you may now dismiss your servant in peace. 30 For my eyes have seen your salvation, 31 which you have prepared in the sight of all nations: 32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of your people Israel.” 33 The child’s father and mother marveled at what was said about him. 34 Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother: “This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, 35 so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too.”

36 There was also a prophetess, Anna... She was very old... and then was a widow until she was eighty-four. 37 She never left the temple but worshiped night and day, fasting and praying. 38 Coming up to them at that very moment, she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem.

If God would guide you in the beginning, would He not also guide you at the end?

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men...

Assist the next generation

23 The Lord said to Moses, 24 "This applies to the Levites: Men 25 years old or more shall come to take part in the work at the tent of meeting, 25 but at the age of fifty, they must retire from their regular service and work no longer. 26 They may assist their brothers in performing their duties at the tent of meeting, but they themselves must not do the work.

Older leaders who dominate the ministry until they die leave a terrible vacuum!

Affirm the next generation

Older people lose their connection with the following generation when they continually disapprove of them!

Resource the next generation

After all, children should not have to save up for their parents, but parents for their children.

Pray for the next generation

New You, New Purpose - Part Two