Onward at Eighty!
Tomorrow, I begin a new job. I never thought I would say that at age eighty, but then there were days, I never thought I would reach age eighty. My new title is Administrative Consultant for the Valley Baptist Missions Education Center and tomorrow I will be teaching pastoral discipleship to thirty pastors, most of whom are nearer the age of my grandchildren than they are to my age. As I prepared, I remembered that renowned artist Anna Mary Robertson “Grandma” Moses was 78 when she began painting. Benjamin Franklin was 70 when he signed the Declaration of Independence. Nelson Mandela was elected President of South Africa at age 76. In his 87th year, Pablo Picasso produced 347 engravings. John Glenn went into space at age 77, when he was still a U.S. Senator. Theodor Mommsen received the Nobel Prize in Literature at age 85. Former President George H. W. Bush parachuted out of an airplane on his 90th birthday. The current American President, Joe Biden, will be 80 this year. Then I remembered the ”life verse” that God gave me upon my first retirement, fifteen years ago: “Now also when I am old and gray-headed, O God, do not forsake me, until I declare Your strength to this generation, Your power to everyone who is to come” (Psalm 71:18). Onward at Eighty!