Contentment Isn’t Mere Inactivity


Contentment Isn’t Mere Inactivity

Some have the misconception that elderly people are feeble individuals who exist from day to day waiting for the Death Angel to knock at their doors. That they arise in the morning, and if capable get dressed for the day, eat a light breakfast, then watch television until about eleven-thirty when a van comes to take them to the senior adult center for lunch and to play bingo and dominoes.

Then about two o’clock the bus comes to take them home where they takes naps and then watches more television, eat a bowl of cereal and go to bed. What a dismal picture of anyone no matter the age: for life is more than eating, sleeping, and watching television.

Many years I was unaware of this truth, but now am confident that God began a good work in me and will not call me home until it is completed.

And based on these words in Psalm 139: 15-16, no one else can accomplish the work God planned for me: “My frame was not hidden from You when I was made in the secret place: when I was woven together in the depths of the earth, Your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in Your book before one of them came to be.” 

It is beyond my finite mind to fully internalize the truth that even before my conception, God knew who my parents would be, when and where I’d be born, when I will die, the color of my skin, my abilities, and when I would become His child. What an amazing God we serve!

Father, had I known these truths earlier, hopefully I wouldn’t have wasted so many years of my life. Forgive me for the many time I still fail to live according to Your divine will. But thank You for loving me in spite of my sins. I pray in Jesus’ Name. Amen.


Doris Lisemby