Stayin’ Alive… a plan

6 Jan

My long-time good friend Martha Stevens, passed away just a few weeks ago.  And although she was in her 80s, she had a voracious love for Jesus, was of sound mind and vibrant heart through her last breath.  She never got stale or sour!  Yay, God!  She loved everyone who came into her room with abandon.  She was still contagious and died with much dignity… a model of what is possible for God’s saints.

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Look at that 60 year old guy on the rip-stick!  He’s stayin’ alive!

A few of us may be planning on never dying.  (I write about that here.)  But for most people, this post will be relevant as you consider your golden years.  I propose a plan to ‘stay alive’ in soul… and in your effectiveness.  You too, can have an alive dancing heart up to your last breath.

Okay, let’s lock in the necessity of keeping our relationship with God current and vibrant.  But a huge part of our relationship with God requires our exportation of the Life which we’ve received from Him.  Think, “Freely you receive, freely give.”  Of course, the down-side of not doing this can be said in two words; ‘Dead Sea’.

So we must give our Kingdom Life away.  Let’s assume that we’re trying the best we can now.  And let’s assume that when we ‘give’, we’re receiving some degree of reward and satisfaction.  For sure, you’ve acquired some pretty profound Kingdom insights, rhemas and realities in your life by now.  Worthy ones.  Worthy of exporting.

But now let’s think into the future.  Whatever you’re doing for Kingdom sake, will you still be able to do it at 60… 70… 80… 90… and beyond?  Let’s assume that somewhere around 100 years old, you’ll probably slow down, at least a little.  What Kingdom activity will you practice then, to keep your heart alive?  What format, activity or medium will you employ to convey the Kingdom riches of your heart?  The likelihood is that your physical capacities will diminish in your golden years and your value will probably be measured more in care, love, time, sharing, counsel, wisdom, etc.

So when you slow down a little, how will you maintain a meaningful flow of Heaven to you and through you, into your world?  If your physical activity or mobility is diminished, will you just sit around and pine away at how nobody recognizes your value… or wants your message… or pays any attention to you?  Right now, just say with me, “No way!”

You probably know someone who is sour… and who sours their world.  By the grace of God, we’re not going to do that!  But it will be imperative that we learn to live in-sync with the seasons of our life.

I recommend exploring the social media options of web site, email, blog, twitter, Skype, cell phone, instagram, etc….  This is something that can be done with any physical condition… as long as you have a sound mind and vibrant heart.  There are, without a doubt, people in this world who need you.  On several social media platforms, begin to explore exporting your unique message.  Begin building a ‘market’ that will value your message or ‘commodity’.  Your job now, is to find those who need you and build the relationship with them so that your value will need never be inaccessible or discarded just because of your age or physical condition.stayinalive

The BeeGees sang about ‘Stayin’ Alive‘… and inspired us with at least a few redemptive lines:

“Got the wings of heaven on my shoes
I’m a dancin’ man and I just can’t lose
You know it’s all right, it’s okay
I’ll live to see another day…
Stayin’ alive… stayin’ alive
Ah, ha, ha, ha, stayin’ alive”

So if you cultivate an alive heart… and a skill and medium to convey it… like my friend Martha, there is no reason to ever have a boring day or feel useless… it’s possible to Stay Alive even through your last breath!

— MLH

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9 Responses to “Stayin’ Alive… a plan”

  1. Mel Wild January 6, 2017 at 4:42 PM #

    Amen! You’re looking pretty good there, Bee Gee man! 🙂 I heard somewhere that He will renew our strength; and we shall mount up with wings like eagles, we shall walk and not faint. Hmmm…could be true? Yes, it could be!

    • Mark Hendrickson January 7, 2017 at 4:19 PM #

      I’m going to at least 125 years old based on Isa 65:20

      “Never again will there be in it an infant who lives but a few days, or an old man who does not live out his years; the one who dies at a hundred will be thought a mere child; the one who fails to reach a hundred will be considered accursed.”

      And Ps 92:13-14

      “Planted in the house of the LORD, They will flourish in the courts of our God. They will still yield fruit in old age; They shall be full of sap and very green… “

      • Mel Wild January 7, 2017 at 4:21 PM #

        Sounds good!

  2. Karen Brownlee January 6, 2017 at 6:19 PM #

    Great encouragement – Stayin’ Alive here (in our 70s) 🙂 Karen and Dan

    • Mark Hendrickson January 7, 2017 at 4:25 PM #

      Karen and Dan, you both are always ‘on the hunt’. I like that about you. You’re never going to ‘go out to pasture’. And I don’t think there is any need to, because He “satisfies your years with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the [soaring] eagle.” – Ps 103:5

  3. Theresa Turnbull January 6, 2017 at 7:06 PM #

    Funny thing about getting older and hanging out with the BIG 3 (God,Jesus,Holy Spirit) one feels younger and more child like on the inside. It’s like the cares of this world are out there but you’re not participating in them —BECAUSE Jesus paved the way for abundant life IN HIM. Thank you Mark for being a living testimony of the saving power of Jesus Christ a life lived in Jesus.👑

    • Mark Hendrickson January 7, 2017 at 4:20 PM #

      And Theresa, you are the poster child for child-likeness. It looks good on you!!!

  4. tomwiez January 8, 2017 at 4:15 AM #

    Dear Mark, Thank you for being so wise and obedient to the Lord. In reading your letter I find myself thanking the Lord for your wisdom in following Him. Your remarks about being aware of our strength through and with our Lord the older we become are like food to one’s spirit. Truly the older we become, the younger we become, if we are humbly following our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ; and the more humble we become as we realize we are following Him into eternity, but truly as children of the Most High. God bless you as you continue to share what He has given you.

    Your brother, and fellow follower of Jesus Christ, Tom Wieczorek

    • Mark Hendrickson January 8, 2017 at 4:01 PM #

      Thanks Tom. You’re right. We’re learning to get simpler and more dependant on hearing our Lord. I think Jesus said it this way, “I only do what I see my Father do.” Life gets more fun and less problem filled that way! And I like that. We don’t have to endure the consequences of doing it our own way. His ways are always superior!
      Lotsa blessings!!!
      Mark

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