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AGING GRACEFULLY – written by Tanis Harms
TOPIC: heaven, love, strength, salvation
SCRIPTURE: Ecc.7:2; 1Cor.2:3-5; 2Cor.5:1-10;
. Phil.1:21-26, 3:13-20;
. Titus2:2-3; Heb.11:16; 1Pet.1:3-5;
. Rev.21:1-22:5 (taken from NASB)
Style: drama/conversation: an older person
. gives their perspective about aging,
. serving God, and going to heaven
Cast: OLDER PERSON
Set & Props: Bible (script can be placed inside)
(OLDER PERSON enters, holding an open Bible.)
P We do not know when the rapture will happen –
. when all those who believe are snatched up to go
. live with our heavenly Father for all eternity;
. but we do know that as time ticks on –
. THAT day only continues to draw nearer.
. Just as we do not know when any of us will die;
. but we do know that as we keep getting older –
. we do continually come closer and closer
. to that time of passing, which is something
. that many people avoid thinking about.
P But - as King Solomon wrote in Ecclesiastes 7:2,
. “It is better to go to a house of mourning
. than to go to a house of feasting,
. because that is the end of every man,
. and the living takes it to heart.”
(PERSON looks up, contemplatively.)
P It causes us to assess our situation.
. To reevaluate ourselves.
. As I draw nearer to my impending physical death,
. I must say, I do think about it more and more –
(PERSON becomes filled with joy and excitement!)
P And I am so looking forward to heaven. 2
. Where every tear is wiped dry
. and there is no more suffering.
. I will be given a new body,
. which is completely free of aches and pains.
. Most importantly, I will be enjoying
. a perfect existence with my Lord and Savior.
(PERSON becomes practical.)
P Until that time though, I am here,
. struggling to get through each day - in THIS body –
(PERSON points to their head.)
P With this limited mind!
. What I do know, is that I have not yet arrived.
. And I still most certainly do not know everything.
. Actually, the older I get,
. the more I realize just how little I know.
P Paul says in Philippians 3:13-16,
. “Brethren, I do not regard myself
. as having laid hold of it yet;
. but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind” -
(PERSON becomes lighthearted with a sense of humor.)
P Ha! and let me just say right here,
. these days, this point gets easier and easier to do
. as I tend to forget things
. just a little bit quicker than before. Although,
. this statement means way more than just that.
. I believe it means we should reconcile,
. forgive and move on
. from past arguments and troubles.
. Because Paul goes on to say that we should be...
P “Reaching forward to what lies ahead,
. I press on toward the goal for the prize
. of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
. Let us therefore, as many as are perfect,
. have – this - attitude”...
(PERSON nods head in agreement.)
P Yes, I need to constantly check my attitude.
. I most certainly do not want to become
. the grumpy old man/woman.
. No one should be complainers – at any age.
P So, “if in anything you have a DIFFERENT attitude,
. God will reveal that also to you;
. however, let us keep living
. by that same standard
. to which we have attained.”
(PERSON is in full zealous agreement.)
P There is STILL something for me to learn –
. and work on. Self-improvement,
. striving to be Christ-like,
. and serving God – should never end.
. Did God mean for any of us to retire?
. To use our age as an excuse?
. Most definitely we are not to retire
. from being a Christ-like example!
. If anything, it should be MORE.
. We are told to be teaching the younger.
. We may not be as strong or fast as we once were,
. but that is okay.
. We are only asked to do what we are able.
. And God is there to strengthen us.
. All things are possible through God!
P As Paul says in 1 Corinthians 2:3-5,
. “I was with you in weakness and in fear
. and in much trembling,
. and my message and my preaching
. were not in persuasive words of wisdom,
. but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power,
. so that your faith would not rest
. on the wisdom of men,
. but on the power of God.”
(PERSON is most sincere.)
P I love that. Because it gives me the reassurance
. that as my strength continues to grow weaker –
. it can only become stronger in God’s power!
. Yes, even as I mature,
. I must continue to rest more and more on God.
. That is true growth.
(PERSON becomes introspective again.)
P So, although I long for the day when I am in heaven,
. one of my fears is HOW this will all happen.
. I can only trust God
. to get me through that gracefully,
. because WHILE I am still around,
. there is STILL something that God desires me to do.
P Just as Paul says in Philippians 1:21-25,
. “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.
. But if I am to live on in the flesh,
. this will mean fruitful labor for me;
. and I do not know which to choose.
. But I am hard-pressed from both directions,
. having the desire to depart and be with Christ,
. for that is very much better;
. yet to remain on in the flesh
. is more necessary for your sake.
. Convinced of this, I know that I will remain
. and continue with you
. all for your progress and joy in the faith.”
(PERSON summarizes with a challenge.)
P For all of us still here,
. we can embrace Paul’s attitude and his example.
. While we are still here –
. there is still work to be done.