The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree,
He shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon.
Those who are planted in the house of the Lord
Shall flourish in the courts of our God.
They shall still bear fruit in old age;
They shall be fresh and flourishing,
To declare that the Lord is upright;
He is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in Him.
I’m wondering if anyone else has ever read this scripture and thought it meant having children in their old age? Perhaps I’m the only delusional one! My baby maker was taken out of production a long time ago – no Sarah moments here! I gave birth to my last child at 27 and, honestly, I thought (at the time), THAT was old! Now, women have babies in their forties and I say more power to them – just not me!
BUT, I want to bear fruit in old age. I want to be fresh and flourishing at 63. A palm tree. A cedar in Lebanon. Flourishing in the courts of God! Yes, Lord!
My life verse is Colossians 1.10: That I may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God…
Fruitful in every good work. I am going to share what that means to me.
- Honoring God in everything I do and say (I slip up daily.)
- Praying for my family, friends, our pastor and family, and our church.
- Being a witness to the unlimited love of Jesus Christ, in personal relationships, business connections, neighbor contact, strangers, and even Facebook!
- Being faithful in my tithes and offerings.
- Nurturing and counseling (only when asked) my family members.
- Finishing whatever I begin. Books. Writing projects. Sewing projects. Cleaning a room. Decorating projects.
- Following through on things – if I made a commitment, I want to keep it.
- Taking care of the things God has blessed me with. Doing the job/s God has called me to, (employment, church library, coordinator of our churches prayer action team, my blog, and my writing).
What does bearing fruit look like in your world?
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