The title to this article could bring to the minds of those of us who are senior adults an experience that is rather common. Doctors tell us that when we get older, three things begin to happen to us. One is that we have moments when we cannot remember some things that we have known for many years. I forget what the other two things are. Our title, however, might bring to mind another application. Webster’s dictionary defines “moment” as “a minute portion of time” or “an instant.” Our title, therefore, might prompt us to consider the stewardship of our time. In Ephesians 5:15 the Apostle Paul urged us to be wise as we redeem the time. Benjamin Mays aptly penned the lines:
I have only just a minute,
Just sixty seconds in it;
Forced upon me—can’t refuse it.
Didn’t seek it, didn’t choose it,
I must suffer if I lose it,
Give account if I abuse it,
Just a tiny little minute
But eternity is in it.
January is a month that is associated with New Year’s resolutions. I have a suggestion for a resolution appropriate for us senior adults. My suggestion is: “In 2021 I resolve to be involved in the Senior Adult Ministry of our church.” Our church has a great program for senior adults, and our blessings will be many.
Teachers tell us that a church’s senior adult program should have five characteristics: (1) spiritual enrichment, (2) learning opportunities, (3) socialization, (4) opportunities to serve others, and (5) opportunities to be served. Our church excels in each area. We have wonderful programs in our Fellowship Hall with delicious meals served. We take trips to places far and near. Some of our trips last for a week. We have fun. We make new friends. We serve.
We who are senior adults may retire from some things, but we never retire from serving the Lord. It would take many pages to list the names of men and women whose greatest work was done in the latter years of life. Albert Edward Wiggam said, “Nearly two-thirds of all the greatest deeds ever performed by human beings—the victories in battles, the greatest books, the greatest pictures and statues—have been accomplished after the age of sixty.” Because I like sports, several years ago I found it interesting to read that Amos Alonzo Stagg retired as the football coach at the College of the Pacific when he was 98 years of age. Remember, Moses was eighty when he stood at a burning bush, and he was just beginning his greatest work!