Like Caleb, still hungry to pioneer “one more mountain” in his old age (Joshua 14:6-15), I believe God is given a second wind to the purposes and dreams of what I call the Silver Surfers. As some reach retirement age, God is going to give you refirement instead!
There is a new rising of the fathers emerging in the Church right now (I mean that in a gender-neutral way…so, mothers too!). New missionary ventures, business endeavours, apostolic responsibility, powerful advisory positions and much more await the grey-haired fathers and mothers of the Lord in the Church. We need to make sure we are recognising, utilising and releasing an entire generation of spiritual parents that are far from the end of their lives at 65, now the expected age to live healthy and strong is far exceeding that.
I believe there are some who will spend their final years on earth launching into new mission ventures, offering their silver-haired years as a sacrifice to reach one more land, save one more city, touch one more culture and take one more mountain for the Kingdom.
To add to that, this generation have a responsibility to help father and even “grand-parent” a young generation coming through. The danger of a gaping chasm between Church generations, is that entire age-groups might learn nothing of historic revivals, we may lose centuries worth of deep theology, and find one day that our prayer rooms are empty and our activities powerless. Some youngsters might be more easily drawn by form, than substance and it is a parent’s role to draw the young into the deep end of God’s workings. A young generation may easily know all the paraphernalia of Church, but never know God’s glory, or how to host or revere His power among us. Fathers must show us the way.
“My father didn’t tell me how to live. He lived and let me watch him do it,” said Clarence Budington Kelland. This is why the Silver Surfers must turn to the young “Arrows of the Lord” and help stabilise them, ready for the coming moves of God as we enter this new era. The Father wants us to start working together!
Frederick Douglass said “It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.” Walter M. Schirra, Sr. stated “You don’t raise heroes, you raise sons. And if you treat them like sons, they’ll turn out to be heroes, even if it’s just in your own eyes.”
Silver Surfer, can you imagine the sheer joy of passing on your knowledge to fresh faced, wide-eyed generation of idealistic youngsters, and seeing them travel far and wide in the things of God? All you have to do is start treating them like sons, letting your heart be moved and turned towards them, and the ground will be prepared for a fresh move of God.
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