Ep. 493 Practical Advice on Growing Older and Finishing Well

Ep. 493 Practical Advice on Growing Older and Finishing Well

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Shows Main Idea – Growing old will happen to all of us if we live long enough, and for some of our friends, it can be a dreadful experience, especially if it’s hard to come to terms with one’s physical and spiritual condition. Everyone’s experience of growing old is different, motivating us to consider our stories with compassion and courage. However, due to fallenness, a few typical tripwires can catch us if we’re not careful. I want to share ten of them with you.

Life Over Coffee · Ep. 493 Practical Advice on Growing Older and Finishing Well

Show Notes

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  1. The empty nest is a season of life after the kids are gone, where a couple has to deal with things they may have neglected when the children were around.
  2. God is a finisher. What He promised in Philippians 1:6 is as accurate now as when you first read it.
  3. The temptation is to stare into the rearview window of regret, a trap that can envelop the disappointed soul.
  4. One of the side effects of regret and disappointment is to become a victim, a vicarious sufferer.
  5. The legalist will say, “If I had only done [fill in the blank), and things would be different,” a mindset that supplants sovereignty.
  6. Your life is not over, so share the wisdom God gave you with the strength you have and the opportunities before you.
  7. Be cautious about consuming too much media, especially that which differs from your past. God did not build you to be omniscient.
  8. Choose to live in a community with others, resisting loneliness.
  9. Don’t think you’re bothering others. They won’t know how you might suffer if you don’t tell them, and you don’t want to sabotage the blessing they might receive by helping you.
  10. Keep an eschatological viewpoint in the hope of no more guilt or pain.

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Call to Action

  1. What is one way you can practically respond to this message?
  2. What is one excuse you use to stay in a rut? Will you share that excuse with a friend who will love you enough to confront you?
  3. What gift has God given you that He wants you to share with a friend? What is a simple thing you can do to be Jesus to someone?
  4. What do you need to share with one, but you don’t want to bother them? Will you bother them?
  5. How does no more guilt or pain encourage your soul? Will you share these thoughts with a friend?

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