This morning, I went on a good, long bike ride. About 25 K into my ride, I thought I was starting to feel a familiar kind of fatigue that develops into what is known in endurance sports as “bonking” or “hitting the wall.” This sudden fatigue and loss of energy is caused by the depletion of glycogen stores in the liver and muscles and let me tell you, it can really feel terrible. I thought about calling my husband to come and pick me up but I knew he was teaching online and I didn’t want to disturb him. So, I changed my route, headed home and I was fine. There have been other times that I have not been fine and I have gone through the rest of the day feeling miserable. It’s like a strong lethargy that just hangs on me.
Later on today, I was thinking about this whole phenomenon of “bonking.” Experiencing this kind of fatigue makes it impossible to finish strong. It makes you limp to the finish line – that is, if you make it at all.
I don’t want to limp to the finish line of my life. I want to finish strong – I want to “run with perseverance the race marked out for me.” (Hebrews 12.1) As I puttered around the house this afternoon, I started to think about what I will be like when I am older. I desire to live all my years for the glory of God. How do I prepare for this?
While I was checking out one of my favourite blogs, I came across a wonderful article entitled, Preparing to Be an Amazing Old Man or Woman. Jim Elliff gave some wise suggestions, which are bolded. My thoughts follow and are not bolded.
1. Learn the Bible as well as possible while you can read and think well.
2. Clear your conscience.
3. Put love first.
4. Be a giver.
5. Don’t quit serving.
6. Be an example of faithfulness.
I strongly feel that we get older, we will “fall back on” and live out what we have in our hearts. I think this explains why there are grouchy and bitter old people and there are gentle and loving, old people – regardless of their health or circumstances.
Throughout our lives, we have made millions of choices. We have either filled our minds with truth or with lies. We have prioritized, practised and perfected different character qualities as we have grown older and this heralds the kind of person that we become in our twilight years…only everything seems to intensify. If you are an angry person when you’re young, you will be a very angry person when you’re older. If you haven’t forgiven when you are young, you will be a very bitter person when you’re older.
I want to be wise when I am old. I want to love and give and serve others. I don’t want to live out my days being lethargic and limping to the finish line.
Lord, may I live for You. Help me to live every day with purpose, power and love. May I be faithful to You until I take my last breath on this earth.
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 2 Timothy 4:7