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“My children, listen to me.  Listen to your father’s instruction.  Pay attention and grow wise, for I am giving you good guidance.  Don’t turn away from my teaching.  For I, too, was once my father’s son, tenderly loved by my mother as an only child.  My father told me, ‘Take my words to heart.  Follow my instructions and you will live. Learn to be wise, and develop good judgment.  Don’t forget or turn away from my words.  Don’t turn your back on wisdom, for she will protect you.  Love her, and she will guard you.’  Getting wisdom is the most important thing you can do.” Proverbs 4:1-7

There is so much knowledge about life in our senior population.  We can all learn valuable lessons from them if we are only willing to pause, take time to ask questions and, more importantly to listen.

My parents’ marriage was forged in the fires of tremendous life challenges—the death of a child, illness that left another child mentally and physically severely impaired, numerous relocations of the family due to economic necessities of life, chronic health issues, rebellious children—but through each challenge they stood united in their determination to be people of character and seek the Lord’s guidance.

Some may call it maturity.  I just call it growing up, but I now recognize there is much I can learn from my elders—my parents and others—those with a lot more years of experience.  God’s truth reminds me.

“Listen, my child to what your father teaches you.  Don’t neglect your mother’s teaching.  What you learn from them will crown you with grace and clothe you with honor.”  Proverbs 1:8-9.

God’s word reminds me today to take time to ask questions while I still have my parents and other elders who can offer me guidance and wisdom from the vast array of experiences they have had.  Sitting at the feet of an elder to learn and listen is a reversal of roles I would not have anticipated in my younger years, but it is one lesson I am grateful I am learning while I still have these life-coaches around to learn from.

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