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Elderly advice

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

King Rehoboam consulted with the older advisers who had served  his father Solomon when he had been alive… But Rehoboam rejected their advice and consulted the young advisers who served him, with whom he had grown up.
1 Kings 12:6, 8

The king responded to the people harshly. He rejected the advice of the older men and followed the advice of the younger ones.
1 Kings 12:13-14

It can be such a chore to listen to the advice of the elderly. They are usually happy to hand out advice without you needing to solicit any. The advice is usually out of touch with current culture and is painstakingly long winded. What good advice can an elderly person give me without an understanding the current culture or knowledge of the latest research? According to the bible, much.

This biblical truth of age and wisdom is against the grain of the world, that chases the latest as the greatest and best and sees old as foolish, dated, irrelevant and unfashionable. Truth is, many lessons can only be learnt through experience and experience comes with age. They might not know it all, but advice that comes from the elderly has a stamp of experience to it. They’ve lived it, and that’s where the authority comes from. The bible’s picture of age and wisdom is consistent, old age is a sign of wisdom that comes from experience (Job 12:12; Proverbs 20:29). 

In one foolish moment, King Rehoboam lost the the support of Israel. His decision to reject the advice of older advisors cost him a united kingdom with a multitude of willing servants. His reign from then was only limited to the tribe of Judah. There is a lesson to learn here: We must be careful not to discard advice from our elders, but to weigh it alongside other sources of wise counsel.

Humility and patience is the key.

Mantle 2012

Sunday, February 26th, 2012


2012 for me is a year of new places with old things.

Mantle is kinda like that for me.

Mantle is a mens discipleship group in my church (Centrepoint Church) that meets every Tuesday night for 2 hours. Sitting under the teaching of our Senior Pastor, we 12 men are privileged to receive discipleship directly from him. The demands include our attendance at every session, daily bible reading, praying in tongues everyday, weekly memory verses and a daily journal (which is on this blog; that explains why the blog entries have all been journals).

What new places will this old faith take me to?

2012 will tell.

It seems that my dear wife is on the same journey with me. She has started a dance class and art (drawing) class, old art forms that she is familiar with, to take her to new places. So far, its taken up our Monday nights and Saturday mornings, but we’re enjoying it. I enjoy giving her the freedom she needs to explore her gifts and talents and she enjoys exploring them.