By Jeffrey Holder, Content Editor, Bible Studies for Life: Senior Adults
In the weeks before we get to the joyful celebration of Easter, we’re studying about being productive and finding joy in the work God has given us to do, whatever it may be. That may seem to be a little extreme to some of us. Some of our routine tasks may, on the surface, not seem to be very joyful. But it’s important to remember that followers of Jesus are not called to be joyful only in the “happy” tasks of life. To paraphrase the Bible, anybody can do that. Do I enjoy doing the laundry or mowing the lawn or paying the bills or cleaning the sink or … (you fill in the blank)?
As a senior adult, you might be tempted, if you’re not careful, to think this unit of study doesn’t relate much to you because it’s about work. Please don’t let that happen.
Consider what tasks God has you at this stage of life in your family, in your church, in your community. Just because we may be retired from a career in the daily workplace doesn’t mean God intends for us to retire from life.
Ask yourself some questions as you study this unit: What tasks do I have to do this week? How can I reflect the love and joy of Christ as I do them? Will I have an attitude of gratitude in all that I do? What small things might God be calling me to do that will make a difference in another person’s life? Will the way I react to my tasks glorify Christ? Maybe you can add some questions of your own to this list.
My Dad, who left this life to be with the Lord many years ago, loved to play the piano. The words to one of his favorites went like this,
This is the day, this is the day,
that the Lord has made, that the Lord has made,
I will rejoice, I will rejoice,
And be glad in it, and be glad in it.
On days when it’s a big task for me to simply throw the covers back and get up, I often remember him playing that tune.
I wonder what tasks you have this week that are tempting you to grumble. I encourage you to give it all to the Lord, ask Him to fill you with the fruit of His Spirit (Gal. 5:22-23) as you continue to be productive and find joy in the work our Lord has given you to do—however large or small it may be.