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Staying Useful No Matter How Old You Are

Updated on July 19, 2020
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Rev. Margaret Minnicks is an ordained Bible teacher. She writes many articles that are Bible lessons.

Dr. Charles Stanley preached a sermon about being useful at any age on November 26, 2017.
Dr. Charles Stanley preached a sermon about being useful at any age on November 26, 2017.

Living a Productive Life as You Age

God is the only one who knows how long a person will live. A person can be productive as long as he lives.

Being productive shouldn't depend on somebody's age. He can be useful for God when he adopts the following ten essential attitudes described by Dr. Stanley.

Psalm 92:12-15

Psalm 92:12 "The righteous man will flourish like the palm tree.” The palm tree is very productive as it continues to grow and bear fruit. Its leaves are so strong, they are used to build fences and roofs.

Psalm 92:12 “He will grow like a cedar in Lebanon.” The cedars in Lebanon grow as high as 120 feet. Their branches extend out as far as 30 feet. They are a beauty to behold, and they symbolize strength.

Psalm 92:13 “Planted in the house of the Lord, they will flourish in the courts of our God.” No matter what age a person is, if he is righteous and stays close to God, he will flourish.

Psalm 92:14-15 “They will still yield fruit in old age; they shall be full of sap and very green, to declare that the Lord is upright.” Like the palm tree and the cedar of Lebanon, the righteous man will not become dry and useless. He will produce fruit as long as he lives.

Keep Loving

God taught us in Deuteronomy 6:5 that we should love the Lord with all our heart, soul, and might. Jesus taught the same thing about loving one another.

It is easy to love God's people when we first love God. Loving others helps us to have a loving spirit within us. God enables us to love because He put the emotion of love on the inside of us so we can love freely.

Keep Learning

The first of the ten things to do is to keep learning. Dr. Stanley said, "When we cease to learn, we stop growing because a lazy brain is an aging brain."

He added that information is much more available today than it was in the past. Our forefathers did not have technology like we have today to help us learn new things.

We should keep learning; especially learning what God said in His Word. After all, the Bible is the only book you can read and the author is always present to explain things to you.

Keep Laughing

We should keep laughing because laughter causes something to happen to us on the inside. When we have the joy of Jesus in our life, we have a lot to laugh about.

Christians should be the happiest people in the world because of their relationship with God and with His Son Jesus Christ. So, keep on laughing.

Keep Leaving

In order to be useful and productive, we must leave problems of the past in the past. We should stay in the presence and not drag yesterday's problem into today. When we focus on yesterday more than today, it slows us down and keeps us from being productive.

When we keep our minds on the bad things of the past, we are pulled backwards. We should leave our problems in God's hand. After all, 1 Peter 5:7 tells us to cast all our anxieties on the Lord because He cares for us.

Keep Longing

Keep longing means to keep dreaming about the future. It is a matter of never giving up on the things we know God has called us to do.

The Holy Spirit empowers us to do whatever He desires. Therefore, we should never give up on our dream no matter how old we are.

Keep Looking Ahead

Since we don't know when we are going to die, we should live each day to the fullest.

We should plan for tomorrow even though we don't know what it will bring. We don't know, but God knows. When we look forward to something in the future, we are energized with expectation.

Even though we are growing old day by day, we should still look ahead to great things to come.

Keep Looking Your Best

Dr. Stanley said if you think we look your best, we will act your best. Therefore, let's keep looking the best we can as we age gracefully.

Keep Laboring

It is true that we might not be able to do what we once did, but it is also true that we can do something. So, let's do what we can do when we can do it.

When we quit laboring, we send our body a message that it is time to give up and stop functioning in the ways it used to when we were much younger. We should send the right message to our body at any age.

Keeping Leaning

Keep leaning on the Lord because He is the one to lean on. Live every single day trusting and depending on God.

Psalm 37 tells us three times to fret not. We don't need to fret over our problems when we can give them to God and lean on Him.

Keep Listening

Dr. Stanley ended his list by telling his listeners to keep listening. He said the most important thing we can do is to listen to the Lord when He speaks to our hearts.

We should ask God to speak to us in a way that we can understand what He is directing us to do. He speaks all the time. We just need to listen and obey.

Ways to Live a Useful Life
Keep Learning
Keep Loving
Keep Laughing
Keep Leaving
Keep Longing
Keep Looking Ahead
Keep Looking Your Best
Keep Laboring
Keep Leaning
Keep Listening


Even if you are growing old, know that you are not alone. We all grow older from the first day we were born.

Growing older does not mean it is too late for you to be productive, fruitful and useful. Don't focus on being useful the way the world describes it. Think of being useful as the righteous way the psalmist stated in Psalm 92:12-15.

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