Monday 14th December 2020
Pastor Soong Kok Kee

Psalm 92:12,14 The righteous will flourish like a palm tree …They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green.

The righteous will flourish like a palm tree. Palm trees are known for their long life. To flourish like palm trees means to stand tall and live long. The psalmist saw believers as upright, strong, and unmoved by the winds of circumstance. Those of us who place our faith firmly in God can have this strength and vitality. Not only that, but even in our old age, we still can bear fruit and stay fresh and green. Never look down on our golden years for here the psalmist assures us that we can still be fruitful.

An extensive study in the USA found that the most productive age in human life is between 60-70 years of age. The 2nd most productive stage of the human being is from 70 to 80 years of age. The 3rd most productive stage is from 50 to 60 years of age.

The average age of NOBEL PRIZE winners is 62 years old. The average age of the presidents of prominent companies in the world is 63 years. The average age of the pastors of the 100 largest churches in USA is 71. The average age of the Popes is 76 years.

This tells us in a way that it has been determined, that the best years of your life are between 60 and 80 years. A study published in New England Journal of Medicine found that at age 60, you reach the TOP of your potential and this continues into your 80s. Therefore, if you are between 60-70 or 70-80 you are in the BEST and 2nd best level of your life. (N.Engl.J.Med. 70,389 – 2018).

Just the other day as I walked up to the 1st floor flat of my father-in-law, I met a familiar old man sitting on the steps holding a walking stick. “Uncle, how have you been?” I asked, always greeting people as “uncle” to make myself feel younger. “How? At 80 plus, I am only sitting here waiting to die,” he answered. How pathetic, isn’t it? I should translate the above Journal article for him to read.

So my dear brothers and sisters, if you are a young person reading this, remember Ecclesiastes 12:1 “Remember your Creator in the days of your youth, before the days of trouble come and the years approach when you will say ‘I have no pleasure in them.’” And for us in our golden years, remember we can still bear fruits, fruits that will last. With all our experiences, good and bad, we can surely build some bridges for our younger travelers along life’s way.

A pilgrim, going a lone highway
Came at evening, cold and gray
To a chasm, deep and vast and wide.
The old man crossed in the twilight dim.
The chasm held no fears for him
But he paused when he reached the other side
And built a bridge to span the tide.
“Old man,” said a fellow pilgrim near,
“Why waste your time in building here?
Your journey ends with the close of day
You never again will pass this way.
You’ve crossed the chasm deep and wide
Why build ye here at eventide?”
The pilgrim raised his old gray head,
“My friend, in the path I’ve come,” he said,
“There followeth after me today
A fair haired youth who must pass this way.
The chasm which held no fears for me
To the fair haired youth may a pitfall be.
He, too, must cross in the twilight dim.
My friend, I am building this bridge for him”

(Building The Bridge, from Rare Old Chums. Will A. Dromgoole)

Father God, we thank you for leading many of us to our golden years, for all the trials and blessings you have led us through. We thank you for reminding us that we are not to sit idle, that we still are able to bear fruits for you until you call us home. Help us to share our experiences with You to our fellow travelers, young and old, that they may not fall into some of the pitfalls that we had fallen into. That we may see them safe, eventually, on the other side of eternity.
In Jesus’ Name we pray






这在某种程度上告诉我们,您一生中最好的岁月介于60到80岁之间。发表在《新英格兰医学杂志》上的一项研究发现,60岁时,您的潜能会达到顶峰,而且这种情况会一直持续到80多岁。因此,如果您的年龄介于60-70或70-80之间,您就处于人生最佳的和第二佳的水平。(N.Engl.J.Med. 70,389 – 2018)

就在前几天,当我走到我岳父的公寓的第一楼时,我遇到了一位熟悉的长者,他手持拐杖坐在台阶上。 “叔叔,您最近好吗?” 我问道,我总是以 “叔叔” 向人打招呼,让自己感觉更年轻。 “能怎么样?80多岁了,我只能坐在这里等死,” 他回答说。多么可悲,不是吗?我应该把上面的这篇文章翻译给他看。

因此,我亲爱的兄弟姊妹们,如果您是阅读这篇文章的年轻人,请记住传道书12:1 “在你们幼年的时候,在患难来临之前,你们要记念造物主,在你们说 ‘我不喜欢他们’ 的时候。” 对于我们处于黄金岁月中的,请记住,我们仍然可以结果子,结出持久的果子。凭借我们所有的经验,无论是好的还是坏的,我们肯定可以为我们年轻的天路客架起一些桥梁。

“老人家,” 附近的一位朝圣者说,
“我的朋友,在我来的路上,” 他说,

(Building The Bridge, from Rare Old Chums. Will A. Dromgoole)