In our book, Third Calling: What are you doing the rest of your life?, we propose long life is a gift from God – to be stewarded with wisdom and imagination.
We discussed this concept with one of our always-very-spiritual friends. Here’s what she said:
I don’t really think long life is all you’ve cracked it up to be.
It actually seems pretty depressing.
How could she say such a thing—to us—the leaders of Re-Ignite? The reaction caused us pause. Are we being too optimistic about this season of life?
Like our friend, many boomers see the lengthening of our days as a curse, an unbearable burden–something to dread or try avoiding. Some deny it; others defy it. Many simply don’t want to “go there.”
Why the obstinate response? Did we really expect to be the “ageless” generation? Are we disappointed that our bodies experience aches and pain and other forms of decay? Are we resistant to the boxes our culture draws around us? Are we simply disillusioned with reality?
The questions merit lengthy theological, ethical and scientific discussion–and require more space than this blog affords. For now, let us encourage you to rejoice in the opportunities long life affords. If it all seems too overwhelming, break it down to accept each day as a gift. Fill one day at a time with love, attention, and gratitude.
We are in this with you. We spend our share of time dealing with the realities of age and considering decisions that impact our future. But, we believe we dare not waste God’s gift of long life by focusing on limitations, but rather strive to fill our lives with purpose, meaning, and adventure.
And let your imagination run wild!
Teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom. Psalm 90:12 KJV
Will you join us in the conversation?
by Leona Bergstrom, Director, Re-Ignite
© Re-Ignite 2019
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