Have You Been Dumped By God?

Have you ever come to a point in your life where you wonder if God cares what you spend your time doing? I don’t mean good vs. evil behavior; I’m talking about what work you do, your job, your calling, your ministry. Can there come a time when God has no more plans for you in this life?

I think of all the senior adults in my church who seem to be just "marking time." Oh, they may be faithful churchgoers, prayer warriors, and enjoyers of family and social life. But their work is over, they’re retired from their jobs, they’ve raised their families. Other than attending church, their time is largely occupied with gardens and grandchildren. And if the answer to the above questions is "yes," then how young can you be when this happens?

I just turned 69 and am wondering if there are no more dragons to slay, no more mountains to climb. That age will probably seem ancient to you, based on the demographics of the blogosphere, but my ancestors have usually been active into their 80s and 90s. If I stay healthy, I have time for another decade of productive work. But does God have another work for me to do?

If you’ve read this far, I invite you to add your thoughts on this.

7 thoughts on “Have You Been Dumped By God?”

  1. Hi Lane,

    This is Kirk from CRSnet. I can relate to this post, and I’m “only” 53. I’ve been settled in to the old work-for-a-living routine long enough that I am craving an outlet more useful (in my mind) to the promotion of God’s kingdom. Not sure how it will pan out yet, but wanted you to know you’re not alone. :-)

  2. I can add a bit of a postscript to my post. I’m now THE science teacher at a 3-year-old, 80-student Christian school. My four classes span 5th through 12th grades. Believe me, after teaching college students most of my life, this is a major challenge! But I’m grateful that God found this old geezer something worthwhile to do.

    In spite of the above, I still wonder about the main topic of my original post.

  3. Come on Grandaddy, you’ve got a lot to do! You’ve got to see Brittney have her baby and become of Great Grandaddy! You still have to see me graduate and you’ll probably be the one walking me down the isle when i get married some day..i love you Grandaddy!

    Kat

  4. Yep, Lane. There are dragons to slay. The primary one is our own failure to trust God. After that, the terrors bow down at our feet asking for mercy.

  5. I really enjoy reading your “reflections”
    You remind me so much of my grandfather—he passed away last summer after fighting pancreatic cancer—even doing his own chemo treatments (he lived out in the middle of no-where). 92 years old, WWII veteran, survived the depression and always was inviting everyone he came in contact with to study the Bible. He impacted my life in ways he probably was totally unaware of…

  6. I’m at the 5 yr. mark since staring my monthly free Christian paper called The Good Life and 59 yr. young! I’m wondering if God has closed all the doors right now and this is to be a slow death for the paper. With the economy I see Christians especially not supporting my paper. Holding onto their money when I believe this time (economic slowdown)will show that we were to learn to give more freely and trust in God. I’m praying I’ll get a clear answer from God on this as I’ve always said “This is God’s paper; He’s driving and I’m running to catch up!”
    At any rate, I want to learn more about the computer as my paper has been a blessing to many and could continue to be read via the computer. and since I am the “Paper boy” as well,I could stop doing so much delivery-bonus!! Thanks for listening today. If you have a minute please say a prayer for me today sometime.Leslie <

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