Worship: Closer by Bethel Worship
A story is told by the author Sean Grover: When the late-great Grandma Grover turned 85 years old, she received an upsetting notice in the mail; she was ordered to surrender her driver’s license. She was regretfully informed that, due to her age, she was no longer eligible to drive.
Exasperated, she wrote a letter the motor vehicle department director. He flatly rejected her. So she called the mayor of her small town; he was sympathetic but unmoved. Finally, she sent a fiery letter to the governor of her state. Two weeks later, the governor fired back with a challenge: pass a driver’s ed course and a road test, and she could keep her license.
In record time, Grandma Grover completed a driver’s ed course, aced her road test, and in less than two months, was back behind the wheel of her 1972 Chevy Nova.
The whole experience, however, left her a bit perturbed. When I asked why, she appeared exasperated:
“My goodness, it was so embarrassing.’
“You got your license back.”
“Yes, but they put me in a class full of old people!”
Five years later, at 90 years old, Grandma Grover could still be seen cruising her neighborhood, waving to friends, white driving gloves and all.
I love this story because Grandma Grover refused to allow her age get in the way. It’s a fact–all of us are getting older. Every single minute, every single hour and every day our bodies grow older. It’s just a matter of time before you find yourself in Grandma Grover’s situation. You may not be 85 but sometime, somewhere, someone is going to call you old and pressure you to “act your age.” Don’t you do it!
Pastor Andy shared a few great lessons with us this past Sunday. He asked us to GROW YOUNG not OLD!
Even though we can’t stop the hands of time, we can stop the mentality of growing old. Jesus said this, “Unless you accept God’s kingdom in the simplicity of a child, you’ll never get in.” (Mark 10:14 MSG)
Pastor Andy’s keypoints were:
- Kids are carefree – They enjoy every moment of life!
- Kids know who they belong to – They run and hug their parents excitedly yelling, “mommy and daddy!”
- Kids are full of joy – They are not weighed down by the burdens of the world.
Take a few moments today and evaluate your child-likeness.
In what areas do you need to relax?
In what situations do you need to become more joyful?
Do you fully understand to whom you belong?