Thoughts on life from Pat Oaks
Psalm 71:17-18 (MSG)
"You got me when I was an unformed youth, God, and taught me everything I know. Now I'm telling the world your wonders; I'll keep at it until I'm old and gray. God don't walk off and leave me until I get out the news of your strong right arm to this world, news of your power to the world yet to come, Your famous and righteous ways, O God."
There is no reason to be bored. When my grandmothers were my age, they were sitting in a rocking chair letting everyone wait on them. My Daddy's Mother died at around age 60. I thought she was 90! She looked 90. My Mother's Mother was 96 when she died. She stayed active up until about my age, then it was the rocking chair from then on. My Mother was taking care of her when she wasn't able. We didn't know it at the time, but my Mother had cancer. Almost as soon as Grandmother died, my Mother was diagnosed. She died at 72. Much too young, in my book.
Now that I am starting on my 80th year, I am getting up every day about the same time I got up to go to teach back in the day. As Tommy and John boy are constantly saying....there is no reason to be bored. Every day is full. I pray for the strength to keep going until the Lord calls me home.
I had news this week of a very dear and very close friend whom the Doctors have told she only has 6 months to a year to live. Of course I know that Doctors are not God and no one but God knows the answer to how long we will live. She has a choice about treatment. If she has treatment they told her 6 mo. to a year. If she does not have treatment, it's 6 mo. to a year. The treatment would pretty much incapacitate her. If she chooses not to have it, she can keep staying at home and enjoy what time she has left.
After I talked to her, I started thinking. What would I do if the Dr. told me I had 6 months to a year left? As long as I felt like it and wasn't in horrible pain (she isn't right now), I think I would keep doing what I am doing. I would get up and go to work. Where we are living now, there is always work to be done for the kingdom. To die on the battle field would be my prayer.