From My Youth Till I am Old and Gray

I remember as a kid going to kids' church in Jacksonburg, attending Bible School in Wakonda, and youth group in Claremont and Houghton. In those years I was learning to rely on God. The many people God brought into my life to teach me were put there so I could be taught by Him.

"For you have been my hope,

O Sovereign Lord,

my confidence since my youth.

From birth I have relied on you;

you brought me forth from my mother's womb."

--Psalm 71:5-6

"Since my youth, O God, you have taught me,

and to this day I declare your marvelous deeds.

Even when I am old and gray,

do not forsake me, O God,

till I declare your power to the next generation,

your might to all who are to come."

--Psalm 71:17-18

All of those people God brought into my life (and yours) are those who "declared his marvelous deeds." Some who taught me were "old and gray", but their passion to "declare to the next generation" was still strong.

Some of those who taught us are no longer living. God has now put this ministry of declaration in our hands. Right now is the time when many churches begin their fall Sunday Schools and Bible Studies. Don't let the gray hairs and numbers of birthdays you've had stop you from declaring to the next generation what God has done. Your children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren need you to let them know. And so do those of others.

Each generation has the duty to pass on to the next the faithfulness of God. What are you doing today to get that done?


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