Those Who Have Gone Before

My church has a pretty wide cross section of ages. This is a good thing. One of my favorite things about it is that there are a number of “senior saints” with lots of life experience to share.

Now, to be sure, there are moments when we disagree, and it’s pretty easy for some of the older folks to find fault with my song selections. But that doesn’t change the fact that many of them have accumulated lots of wisdom.

Josh Riley has a post at worship.com about why he listens to “old people” (his words, not mine, just for the record). He writes:

Sure, there is a tendency in old age to become a grump, a curmudgeon, and a luddite resistant to change and technology. But that shouldn’t prevent us from learning and listening. After all, young folks have a few undesirable tendencies too. So that’s why I increasingly listen to old guys, not just dead guys and young guys. Do you want to know what is temporal and cool? Talk to a millennial. Want to know how to make money? Talk to a boomer. But if you want to be wise? Listen to some faithful old guys and ladies who have walked with God two or three times longer than you’ve even walked the earth.

In his post, he lists some pretty compelling reasons why you should consider turning to those who have gone before you when you need wisdom or advice. Check out Josh’s full post for those reasons. Good stuff.

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