I recently read (and wish I could remember where) that a well known speaker said something to the effect that younger adults are looking to have conversations with older people who have kept the faith.
Do that! It is vital for your faith that you see and hear people tell their stories of faith lived day in and day out through their 20′s, 30′s, 40′s, 50′s, 60′s, 70′s, and beyond! There is life beyond all the conferences and concerts and retreats, important they are, in which the day to day must be made meaningful and missional.
Late January is the time of year when I remember my public profession of faith in Christ. I was child but I knew that I needed Christ in my life and my pastor helped me make that profession of faith at an altar. As I share that experience with others I also say, as a reminder to myself, “I have not perfectly lived out that profession of faith. I have failed many times.” That experience is now 48 years behind in my life’s rear view mirror. But it has worked! God has worked, again and again.
My mid to late 20′s were some of the darkest times of my life. I did turn my back on my faith though I kept up appearances which fooled no one. I had dug a deep hole and it was only God, with the aid of some others, and some very good counseling, that helped me climb out of it.
After 10 years of marriage my wife and I became serious about kids. After a year of trying, she said, “Go see the doctor!” (Why me?) Turns out that I need to have fertility surgery and I remember telling the congregation I served, “I’m not sure that I will ever become a father.” One of the members said to my wife “I thought you didn’t like children!”
And now my oldest is at the tail end of high school and in two years, Empty Nest will become a reality.
A year ago I had just begun what became a four month journey with my mom as she underwent two major cardiac procedures. Being an only child and first being three and then two and one-half hours away made for a draining experience. God was present for me, mom, and the medical personnel who worked on her.
Every so often, I stop and think, “Where would I be without the Lord?”
Not here writing these words I think!
So, faith and life does not end at 30. It only is getting underway!
Keep the faith! It matters!