Category Archives: Aging

AGING

Reflections from one of my journals:

Aging is a secret society to your younger self.  You enter into it much quicker than you ever imagined.  The dues which you must pay are very steep!

AGEISM?

Two questions I recently posed to Scot McKnight:

Two questions and I am looking for your quick, gut answers, especially since there is no way to know for certain. So from your own experience in ministry:

How much of an issue (from 1-10, with 10 being a semi truck sized issue) are:

The lack of compelling, joyful, wise, thoughtful, loving, and faith-filled folks over 50?

The lack of regard pastors and other ministry leaders under 40 have for the first group?

My own experience is positive. I am 59 and find lots of young men who desire time and input. However, I certainly see the effects of ageism in the church that is sadly perpetuated by too many, younger leaders.

Scot’s response:

On #1, a one or two: there are plenty.
On #2, too much but it is less that than a culture that doesn’t think in terms of wisdom but in terms of creativity and newness.

REGRETS OF OLD PEOPLE

A group of fifty folks over 95 years old were asked the same question: “If you could live your life over again, what would you do differently?”

The top three answers were take more risks, reflect more, and seek to invest in things that would last after I did.

Source: Leadership 101 by John C. Maxwell