I recently observed a person at his place of work on the day before he started his vacation. He was scrambling somewhat to make sure he had everything done that needed to be done for the next ten days. He then spoke with a number of people making sure he had downloaded all the information they would need to know in case anything came up while he was gone. As he finished this process, I could see the relief on his face that he was ready to leave. Downloading was complete!
I want to write this today to anyone who considers them self younger than being old. I want to talk to you about something going on in the inside of your parents or elders around you that you respect and perceive as bearing good fruit in their life. Something that comes with aging is the desire to download what you know before you leave this earth. For anyone who is older, and if they have acquired knowledge and wisdom, and if they love people, then they also desire to download the knowledge and wisdom they have to those around them—especially their family and those they love. This is a fact that you very likely don’t know or realize!
Younger people sometimes think of their parents as interfering—and sometimes they are! But more than not, parents haven’t learned how to transition from the parent/child relationship to the parent/friend relationship with their child. Parents have no right to meddle in their adult children’s lives. They can speak into their adult children’s lives if they’ve built the kind of friendship with their children that makes their children want to keep listening to their parents. But this kind of relationship is built by letting go and letting your children figure out their life. Where parents rightfully had control over their children as they were growing up, they lost that control as they become adults. It then becomes their world to figure out. Whether a parent has any say in their adult children’s lives or not depends on how respectful they are to their children when that door is open. Parents that do not tread respectfully will have very little influence upon their adult children.
To those of you reading that are younger, I would say this: You want wisdom! Proverbs 4:7 (NIV) says, “Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding.” Wisdom is all around you. Measure the lives and fruit of the elders around you beginning with your parents and those God has placed in your life. If they have great fruit, then you can know that there are things you can learn from them. And you can know that the older they get, the more they desire to impart their knowledge and wisdom to you. Remember that experience is a great part of wisdom and their years past have provided that for them.
I’ve heard some say, If I talk with older people they begin to reminisce and never stop talking. That may be partially true. The way to conquer that is to know what questions and wisdom you desire to ask and be specific in your questions. You would be amazed at the wealth of wisdom there is around you from those you see fruit in. And they desire to share it with you! They want to download it to you before they leave this earth! You don’t want them to talk forever and they may or may not want you to capitalize their time. You can go with a plan and adapt as you go.
People are always looking for answers. What they don’t know is that they are surrounded by people with answers. When we cry out to God for answers He does provide them. Sometimes and most often He will speak to you through His Word. That is why Bible reading is so critical to a Christians life. Sometimes He will speak through His Word but that might come through the mouth of a Pastor or spiritual leader. Sometimes it will come when you are praying—God will speak to you through the still small voice of the Holy Spirit within you. You have to be listening and paying attention. Other times God will speak to you through people in your life. Because you are searching for knowledge and wisdom and praying to the Lord about it, He will put the right people in your path. And when He does speak to you through one of these ways, are you going to listen? Are you going to take it in? That was the biggest problem God had to deal with regarding His people. This is why Jesus said repeatedly, Luke 8:8 (NLT) “Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand.” Hearing and learning from what you hear is a choice. You have to choose to open your heart and listen to those that bear good fruit and then apply it in your own. Hearing God’s wisdom is to protect you from what you should avoid and to help you learn those things that will help usher blessing to your life. Proverbs 20:12 (NLT) says, “Ears to hear and eyes to see—both are gifts from the Lord.” God wants you to see life through His eyes and hear His ways!
So, my point today is, that the knowledge and wisdom you need is more readily available that you know. Although the Internet provides more information that anyone could have ever thought possible, the knowledge and wisdom—the stories and feelings that come from experience are within this older generation around you. Their desire to download it is greater than you might imagine. There are those around you that you can trust that will be used of God to give you direction and guidance you need. It begins by seeking God and praying, and then observing and honoring those who bear fruit around you—including your parents! They have things that are valuable that they desire to download to you!
Proverbs 16:16 (NLT) “How much better to get wisdom than gold, and good judgment than silver!”
In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt
by Pastor Tim Burt
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