Do you remember those old western movies where the hero always rescues the damsel in distress? Then inevitably they ride off together into the sunset to live happily ever after. That's the wonderful thing about movies, they allow us to dream of what might be, instead of facing the reality of real life.
As we age, reality really sinks in and we begin to think of how we are going to make our exit to a better place of eternity. Some might choose to ride into the sunset, and others would make the choice to charge into it. Some would just travel and play golf, others might become missionaries, or as J.C. Penney did, become a millionaire in his 60's. Some would sky dive at 75, others just sway in a rocking chair reading a good book. No problem, we are all different and after a long, often very hard life, we are certainly deserving of rest and recreation.
Then again, some of us are wired with those AAA batteries that won't shut off no matter how hard we try. Take Billy Graham as an example. At 95 he is still preaching (as witnessed by his message on his birthday), and it made me think back to 10-15 years ago realizing this man was literally on fire in his 70's and 80's. He is near his eternal homecoming, but he is one of those charging into the sunset. The passion still burns within, just a little slower.
As I am reaching that age where that determination must be made, my choice is to charge. Look at Moses, Abraham and so many others who just began to get going in their later stages of life. Look at the difference Jimmy Carter or Mother Theresa made by continuing to thrive, as did Ronald Reagan. Age does not limit the possibilities it actually multiplies them because we now know for sure what's going on and how to do it.
In my business travels these past few months some incredible things have happened, and I thank God every day for giving me such a wonderful opportunity. It is actually the "dream" job from a movie plot. How could a guy like me after so many do-overs, inherit this kind of chance to succeed? Like many of you, I have served the Lord, and that flame for Him continues to burn, but to be this blessed after thinking my time had come and gone, WOW, what a blessing!
But the most important thing on my heart at the moment, is to let you know, if you haven't already figured it out, that God never stops using us to spread His message until our last breath. He never gives up on us after addiction, divorce, catastrophe or non-belief. At whatever age you are that you think you are too old to make a difference, to change or to have the fullness of joy, or that you are just plain used up, God is just beginning a new and exciting journey with you. Let Him take you places you have never been before. You are about to be a difference maker, a mover and shaker, or maybe, a soul winner.
Rocking chairs sound great every now and then, hey, I love a good book too. But show me a damsel in distress, a horse that needs to be broken in, a stray cow that needs to be roped, or a mountain that needs to be climbed and I am all in. (Okay the cowboy references may have been a little over the top). No question, I am going out with a bang, charging into that beautiful beckoning sunset on that same horse that almost threw me off when I was a young man. Now I know how to ride him.
Charging off on the road again, Glenn
Glenn is an ex-Marine Viet Nam vet who is also a recovering alcoholic, clean and sober for 30 years. He has been involved in start up and ongoing recovery ministry at North Atlanta Church and Campus for the last two decades. He has a passion for outreach and to spread the message that the answer to lasting and fulfilling recovery from addiction is in a relationship with Jesus Christ. He and the ATB team are available to assist in your questions or needs on an individual basis and will do so maintaining complete confidentiality. You may e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.