Monday 14th December 2020
Title: GOLDEN YEARS
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)

PRAYER :
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
AMEN.

每日灵粮
星期一,2020年12月14日
标题:黄金岁月
讲员:宋国基牧师
翻译:郑振隆弟兄

【诗92:12,14】义人要发旺如棕树,…他们年老的时候仍要结果子,要满了汁浆而常发青.

义人要发旺如棕树。棕树因寿命长而闻名。发旺如棕树意味着屹立不倒和长寿。诗人认为信徒是正直、坚强且不受处境之风吹动的。我们坚信上帝的人可以拥有这种力量和活力。不仅如此,即使到了晚年,我们仍然可以结果子,经常保持茂盛青翠。永远不要小看我们的黄金岁月,因为在这里,诗人向我们保证,我们仍然可以硕果累累。

美国的一项广泛研究发现,人一生中最具生产力的年龄在60-70岁之间。人第二多产的年龄段是70到80岁。第三高生产力阶段是50-60岁。

诺贝尔奖得主的平均年龄为62岁。世界知名公司总裁的平均年龄为63岁。美国最大的100座教堂的牧师的平均年龄是71岁。教皇的平均年龄是76岁。

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。

一个朝圣者,走在一条孤零零的高速公路上
夜幕低垂,冷清又灰暗
来到一个深邃、广袤、又宽阔的鸿沟。
老人在昏暗的暮色中走过
他对鸿沟毫无畏惧
但当他到达另一边时,他停了下来
并架起一座横跨潮汐的桥梁。
“老人家,” 附近的一位朝圣者说,
“为什么要浪费你的时间在这里建设?
你的旅程随着一天的结束就终结了
你再也不会走这条路了。
你已跨越了又深又宽的鸿沟
为什么要在黄昏时分在这里建造呢?”
朝圣者抬起他那灰白的头。
“我的朋友,在我来的路上,” 他说,
“今天跟在我后面的
是一位必须从这条路上经过金发青年。
让我无所畏惧的鸿沟
对金发青年可能是个陷阱。
他也必须在昏暗的暮色中穿过。
我的朋友,我正在为他建造这座桥。”

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

祷告
父上帝,我们感谢祢带领我们许多人走向黄金岁月,感谢祢带领我们渡过所有的考验和祝福。我们感谢祢提醒我们不能无所事事,在祢恩召我们回天家之前,我们仍然能够为祢结果子。帮助我们能与同行的天路客分享我们与祢的经历,无论男女老少,使他们不会落入我们曾经落入的陷阱里。最终,我们可以看到他们安然无恙地在永恒里。
我们奉耶稣的名祷告,阿们