“For though you have countless guides in Christ, you do not have many fathers. For I became your father in Christ Jesus through the gospel.” 1 Corinthians 4:15 (ESV)

I recently turned 65, thank you! And with this milestone came a tsunami of Medicare and Social Security advertisements, mailings and decisions to make. Though Shellie & I do not intend to slow down or retire from this battle, we know so many who cross this marker and simply begin to prepare to die! Instead of dreaming about retiring, we should be thinking about REFIRING!

Apparently, according to much research, the most productive years of someone’s life is between 60 and 70, with the decades on either side coming in second and third! All those challenges, the testings, the passings and failings, bear much fruit. Or at least they can! Though I still have lots of energy and can do a lot of things “for my age,” I have learned that just because I can, or did, doesn’t mean I should. The benefit of age is wisdom! And what those coming up behind us can really use is wisdom! We need to create space for them to rise up next to us and then walk with them as they go further than we ever did or could! The Apostle Paul said that we don’t need more teachers, but we do need more fathers (1 Corinthians 4:15). We need men and women who will be spiritual fathers and mothers. We need white haired mentors who have been knocked around a bit, but still trusting, loving and walking with Jesus! Shellie & I are blessed to have our own physical children, but we are honored to have spiritual sons and daughters, many of them! May we pass on to them everything we can so that they can emerge further than we ever have gone!!!

Tell your heavenly Father that you are willing to be a spiritual mother or father. Declare that you are not preparing to die, but it is time to refire! Declare to your soul “REFIRE!!” Ask the Holy Spirit to bring younger folks into your life whom you can invest in. This is not about “teaching,” that is imparting knowledge, rather it is sharing life and wisdom. Therefore, ask Him to allow you to recall lessons, challenges and times of testing, and what you learned through those tough, even grueling hours and years of your life. Ask Him to continue to work in you, to heal you, to stretch your tent pegs, and to help you stay teachable, pliable and humble. Begin praying for those whom He will bring and/or has already brought into your life. Thank Him for your spiritual sons and daughters that you will have the privilege of investing in!

Btw, Happy Father’s Day!!!