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The Count-Down Continues

“The healthy Christian is not necessarily the extrovert, ebullient Christian, but the Christian who has a sense of God's presence stamped deep on his soul, who trembles at God's word, who lets it dwell in him richly by constant meditation upon it, and who tests and reforms his life daily in response to it.”  ― J.I. Packer

While visiting Mount Vernon, George Washington’s historic home, our tour guide mentioned that Washington died at age 67. This week, Lord willing, I’ll turn 67. Approaching the same age as when an “old guy” died is a little sobering!

The character and accomplishments of Washington’s life continue to influence people 220 years later. Looking across the Potomac River, I wondered what legacy I might leave behind.

The Psalmist had a similar reflection – maybe he faced another birthday too. “Even when I am old and gray, do not forsake me, O God, till I declare your power to the next generation, your might to all who are to come” (Psalm 71:18).

The psalmist focused on two aspects of ending well; first, maintaining his relationship with God. Each season of life has its challenges, and no era is exempt from distractions that can draw us away from our connection with God. Make time with God a priority.

The second challenge is to make a lasting impact. We are expected to instruct others and use our gift to serve and nurture those we encounter. But the order is clear: our relationship with God, at any age, comes first. Out of that flows the impact for eternity.  

Dan Bolin


Refueling in Flight Ministries, Inc


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