by Pastor Tim Burt
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.
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
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