What do you want your life to look like as you begin to approach the finish line?
Our culture tells us that we should look forward to retirement — a golden time when we can relax, travel, play golf and bask in the glow of a successful and lucrative career.
At the same time, reality tells many of us that the final lap of our lives will not be golden — it will be a time of living on a limited income and coping with infirmities.
As I’ve spoken with men over the age of 55 or 60, I’ve noticed that few seem to have a real vision of how God can use them. Quite a few lament that they feel disconnected from their children and grandchildren … that they have little to offer … that their glory years are long gone.
That’s why I challenge men to become patriarchs during the latter years of their journey of manhood. As godly heads of their families, patriarchs can leave a lasting legacy for generations to come. As figures of influence in their communities, they have the opportunity to be used by God through their words, their actions, and even their financial contributions.
The Scriptures describe life as a race. In 1 Corinthians 9:24-25, Paul tells us, “Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win.” And Hebrews 12:1-3 says, “ … let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus … so that you may not grow weary and lose heart.”
We all start the race that is set before us, but it is common for many to grow weary and lose heart along the way. Dr. William Culbertson, president of Moody Bible Institute, said it well: “It is nice to start well. It is even better to finish well.”
A patriarch is a man who is finishing strong.
Do you know someone who is finishing the race strong? Share your story below and encourage others about the impact they can have as they age.