Thursday, October 15, 2009
Is Anyone Younger than You?
At times I feel like everyone is younger than me. Especially with this last Birthday under my belt.
On the other hand, I'm planning on out living my Dad, who was in his 90's when he died, and his sister who is 100. So, as I see it, that puts me solidly in middle age, give or take.
Anyone reading this can look around and find someone younger than them. That makes each of us a role model for someone.
What ever else we are, we are role models.
Thinking about this responsibility God has assigned us I often reflect on what people see when they are around me. The good, the bad, and the very ugly.
Each of us has been given successes, trials, temptations, failures, loss, challenges, general life experiences to draw from.
It's not so much the junk we go through, but the way we handle ourselves, and our attitude going through the junk that speaks to others.
You may not want to be a role model, you may feel no responsibility to lead the way for someone younger, but you are. Someone is watching you and taking their cues from you.
This line of thought all came about when my friend and I were talking about single Mothers. I am one, she is not.
The whole area about older single Mothers speaking to the younger single Mothers, teaching them and guiding them was the logical follow up.
I can speak to things she can't. She has the head knowledge and the scriptures to pepper her speech with, but she's missing one thing, "Street Cred.", she has no experience. I, on the other hand have no idea what it's like to be married for 25 yrs., I can't address longevity in marriage.
The challenge is for us to become so filled with His Spirit, and His Word that our daily walk can be executed in a manner that will show those younger than us what God expects. We teach by our actions.
Make no mistake here, if you're 20 you are a role model to those teens that look up to you.
Younger women take their cues from someone. They aren't just hatched from a pod. They will either take their cues from a strong, solid, happy, secure Godly Woman, or from what society tells them is acceptable, right, and politically correct.
When someone younger than you observes how you handle yourself you are preaching a very clear gospel and I caution us all to be very careful. It's not just what you say, but what you do that teaches God's principles to a younger generation.
My generation needs to look to those who are more mature to learn how to be a solid, steady beacon of light in a very cloudy gray world. We in turn need to walk in a manner that will draw the next generation to Him.
God will put people in your life for you to draw from, He in turn will bring younger ones along side you for guidance.
He comes alongside us when we go through hard times, and before you know it, He brings us alongside someone else who is going through hard times so that we can be there for that person just as God was there for us. 2Corin. 1:4&5 MSG
Older women....are to give good counsel and be teachers of what is right and noble. Titus 2:3 AMP
I encourage you to seek out someone older than you that you see God's hand on and latch on to them for dear life, learning from them. I had a very special lady give me her prayer shawl, even thinking about it brings tears to my eyes. More than once I've wrapped up in it for a one on one with God, knowing I had a little more "pull" with Ana's prayer shawl over me.
In the same respect, open yourself to the concept that God does have younger ones for you inspire and teach through your life. You're not living your life just for yourself there's someone out there that needs what you have to teach them.
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