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Savoring Seasons

Wes Wick

Actively serving God in our robust years often carries over into the pre-frail and frail years—adding special meaning, purpose, relationships, and joy. If we refuse to take risks and choose not to serve when our health is good, starting when our strength dissipates is unlikely.

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Looking Out for the Interests of Others

Wes Wick

"Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others." Philippians 2:4

It's so easy to get caught up in looking out for our own interests. I know it is meant more broadly, but I like to interpret 'others' to mean those who might otherwise be viewed as competitors. It's becomes a great reminder that we're all in this together. A 2:4 One special!

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A Godly Leader's Legacy

Wes Wick

Beyond his address, eloquence, and influence, we love the humility and integrity of this great Christian leader.

Thank God for the integrity of both the message and the messenger!

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Sideline Celebration!

Wes Wick

We know longevity in professional sports is different than life, but there comes a time when the sidelines become a better fit than the playing field. While no one shows up for a game just to watch the sidelines, there is a whole lot of meaningful activity going on just beyond those out-of-bounds markers.

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May Our Character Line Up with Our Prayers!

Wes Wick

We love how God works up and down the generational chain, using our kids and grandkids to challenge us to live lives worthy of respect. This generation to generation thing isn’t only moving from oldest to youngest. God wants to use younger adults, teens, children, even babies—to continue building His character in us.

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New Year Resolve

Wes Wick

We are called to daily pick up our cross and live for Christ. It’s a daily walk, not an annual pilgrimage.

We find that encouraging. Let’s not beat ourselves up over yesterday’s missteps. Let’s do better right now … today. “Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning.” Lamentations 3:23 (NLT)

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Second Sunday Lunches

Wes Wick

When we share stories in other churches about how these students are so intent on making these connections with older adults, many heads nod, affirming how right this is.

We long to see that same eagerness coming from older adults, asking how they might connect more effectively with younger people. As we see this happening, our heads nod, affirming how right this is.

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Prepared

Wes Wick

In both Matthew and Luke we read that the coming of the Son of Man will be like it was in the days of Noah.

People were going about business as usual, and suddenly the day of reckoning was upon them. With no meteorologists, weather satellites, or CNN news reporters to warn them, these people who had scoffed at Noah’s incredible ark project found themselves drowning without recourse.

Let’s not think we’re more sophisticated and that we’ll be able to buy some time, preparing at the last minute to get our lives in order spiritually. Let’s be prepared for Christ’s return.

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The Gift of Hospitality

Wes Wick

We may think of lavish, home-cooked meals and nicely decorated tables as synonymous with hospitality. But it’s not a gift reserved for home economics majors, Pinterest enthusiasts, or younger adults with boundless energy.

Hospitality starts in our hearts, as we make room for Jesus and others to enter our lives and make themselves at home.  If we wait until our lives or homes are perfect, we miss the point and miss out on lots of opportunities to share the love of Christ.

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A Taste of My Own Medicine

Wes Wick

One June evening a few years ago as I flipped through TV channels, I saw that the San Francisco Giants led the Houston Astros 10-0 after five innings. This game had a foregone conclusion; I was not about to waste my time watching it. I even told Judy that I felt sorry for the fans sitting through the remaining four innings. “There is no way they will come back,” I said with smug authority.

I was right. Houston didn’t mount a comeback. Not surprisingly, the game ended with that same fifth inning score, 10-0.

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Footloose and Fancy Free

Wes Wick

Our retirement culture has a tight grip on some folks, and it's a mindset that has been allowed to germinate for years, often unchallenged by the Church.

With our focus on serving, we're often tempted to poke fun at the leisure lifestyle. But we're aware that real ministry and life impact can also take place within that context.

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The Madness of March

Wes Wick

Three quick lessons as the madness of March swirls around us: 

  1. Let's value older adult potential within the Church, not just in presidential politics.
  2. Let's treat the second half like it really matters.
  3. Let's engage a full court press, with help from all generations.
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Uniting the Charlie Browns

Wes Wick

We can’t help but reflect on how healthy a ministry, church, or family can look when we stand together in unity. We may singularly feel inadequate, but when enough of us Charlie Browns get together, look out! We’ve got something beautiful.

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Lovin' Late Bloomers

Wes Wick

I confess that I had some doubts as I looked up at those high-hanging persimmons. Had I waited too long? Will the fruit still be good? Will the risk of climbing a tall ladder be worth it, or will I just be pursuing worthless, mushy, overripe fruit?

We know some folks in their later seasons of life seem destined to die fruitless, never discovering their greater purpose in life. Sadly, perhaps we and other leaders aren't expecting anything special to emerge from their lives. Their spiritual fruit-bearing potential hasn't even crossed our minds. But they, like our late-blooming persimmons, deserve our attention, affirmation and investment.

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Polar Opposites

Wes Wick

It's our passion to see generations connect in more meaningful ways. Younger and older, polar opposites, moving from avoidance or dutiful tolerance to hearts that deliberately engage and love those at the opposite end of the age spectrum.

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Overanalyze and Paralyze

Wes Wick

On over-waiting for the right moment, we love the advice of Seth Godin:

You might be waiting for things to settle down. For the kids to be old enough, for work to calm down, for the economy to recover, for the weather to cooperate, for your bad back to let up just a little... 

The thing is, people who make a difference never wait for just the right time. They know that it will never arrive.  Instead, they make their ruckus when they are short of sleep, out of money, hungry, in the middle of a domestic mess and during a blizzard. Whenever.  As long as whenever is now.

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Move While Settling!

Wes Wick

We have an unsettled feeling about time and gravity subtracting from our physical height.

We see many Christian adults also settling for less spiritually in their later years. 

Some may argue that adults in retirement are entitled to settle for less important aspirations. While our physical stature may lose an inch or two, we believe God calls us to keep growing and moving in our spiritual aspirations. And what could be more invigorating than following His desires for us!

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War Room: Finishing Well Starts with Prayer

Wes Wick

You’ve probably seen the Geico commercial, pointing out that Pinocchio was a bad motivational speaker. His nose grows as he points to a lackluster gentleman in the audience and declares, “You have potential.”

When we talk about the untapped serving potential of older adults, we know some folks probably expect our noses to start growing as we speak.

We recognize the reality that most adults will face significant physical challenges as they grow older, and practically many serving “projects” grow out of reach.

But we also know spiritual strength can gush like a geyser in older hearts conspiring with God.

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Slow Down. Save a Life.

Wes Wick

We do want to be good stewards of our time, and we won’t give up on efficiency. But we want to be careful too that we’re not shielding ourselves from important opportunities to share Christ’s love with people in a more personal way.

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School's Out for Summer . . . School's Out Forever!

Wes Wick

Truth is, we’re not designed to live for extended periods of time without responsibility. What appears pretty inviting and life giving can end up becoming burdensome and unhealthy when overextended---especially when separated from active listening for the Lord’s continued guidance.

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