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    我祈禱自己作為老年人不會在教會做這五件事 六年前我收到自己的第一份美國退休人員協會的材料。 幾天前我剛滿61歲。我的一個兒子說我是老古董了。 我已是一個老年人。 我是否注意到了自己在這個年紀的一些變化?當然。我的行動變得緩慢。我對小型馬拉松的概念是從家庭室跑到廚房。我看待事物的角度也不同了。我不知道自己是否是更變得睿智,但毫無疑問的是,我的視角已經有所不同。 而且我必須承認我看待教會生活的方式也不一樣了。實際上,有時候我對自己頑固的態度感到驚恐。我需要趕快寫下這些話,以免我變得太安逸或太自滿。 我有五個具體的禱告。這五個禱告是為我自己而寫的。這是針對我對自己教會的態度。這是我需要時常溫習的提醒。 1. 我祈禱不要因為自己是教會財務的主要支持者就覺得自己更有資格。 這種態度意味著我把金錢視為我的金錢而不是神的金錢。這意味著我在以一顆勉強的心奉獻。 2. 我祈禱我在教會裡不要說“我已經完成我的時間了”。 在當地教會的牧會不是像在監獄服刑一樣在耗費你的時間。這是對神流露的喜樂和感恩。我喜歡這樣的教會:在這裡老年人是幼兒工作人員裡最積極參與的。我需要成為這其中的一員。 3. 我祈禱比起牧會和服侍,我不會對休閒旅遊更加狂熱。 我坐上車去布蘭森、密蘇里或者加特林堡,這都無可厚非。但是當旅遊成為我在教會牧會的主要參與時,就有問題了。 4. 我祈禱比起服侍別人,我不會更加關注自己的喜好。 我在這一點上曾經搞砸過。幾個星期以前,我不喜歡我教會裡敬拜音樂的音量。我對我妻子抱怨過。然後我就被提醒想到在那個禮拜天在教會里通過音樂來敬拜和讚美神的所有年輕人。我當時更關注的是個人喜好,而沒有看到別人敬拜神。 5. 我祈禱我不會有吹毛求疵的情緒。 我前段時間參加了一個大教會的商業會議。會議代表的總出席率只比敬拜的出席少百分之五。 會議前,其中一個人認出了我,就走近我,“我們在這些商務會議中聚在一起為的是使牧師行為正直,”他告訴我。 實際上,他們聚在一起是批評牧師和同工。我祈禱我不要成為一個無休無止的挑剔者。我不想變得又老又古怪;我想變得長壽又敬虔。 現在我自己也是一個老年人,我需要確保自己不要成為影響教會健康及發展的絆腳石或障礙。 我祈禱我的態度會像迦勒一樣: “看哪,現今我八十五歲了……求你將耶和華那日應許我的這山地給我……或者耶和華照他所應許的與我同在,我就把他們趕出去”(約書亞記14章10-12節,)。 願神在我的有生之年賜我智慧和服侍的力量,包括我的晚年時光。 本文作者湯姆·雷納(Dr.Thom Rainer)是美南浸信會(Southern Baptist Convention)生命之路基督教資源機構(LifeWay Christian Resources)的主席。 Five Things I Pray I Will Not Do as a Senior Adult in the Church December 4, 2016 Written by North/West Lower Michigan Synod By Thom Rainer I received my first AARP material in the mail six years ago. I turned 61 years old two days ago. One of my sons says I am fossilized. I am a senior adult. Have I noticed any differences in my life at this age? Certainly. I move more slowly. My idea of a mini-marathon is running to the kitchen from the family room. I see things differently. I don’t know if I am wiser, but I certainly have different perspectives. And I have to admit I view church life differently. In fact, I sometimes scare myself with my rigid attitude. I need to write these words quickly lest I become too comfortable or too complacent. I have five specific prayers. They are for me. They are for my attitude about my church. They are reminders I will need to review constantly. 1. I pray I will not feel entitled because I am a key financial supporter in the church. This attitude means I consider the money my money rather than God’s money. That means I am giving with a begrudging heart. 2. I pray I will not say “I’ve done my time” in the church. Ministry through the local church is not doing your time, like serving a prison sentence. It is an outpouring of joy and thanksgiving to God. I love those churches where senior adults are the most represented among the nursery workers. I need to be among them. 3. I pray I will not be more enthused about recreational trips than ministry and service. There is nothing wrong about me getting on a bus and going to Branson, Missouri, or Gatlinburg, Tennessee. But there is something wrong when that is my dominant involvement in ministry in the church. 4. I pray I will not be more concerned about my preferences than serving others. I’ve already blown it on this one. I did not like the volume of the music in the service at my church a few weeks ago. I complained about it to my wife. And then I was reminded of all the young people in the church that Sunday worshipping and praising God during the music. I was more concerned about my preference than seeing others worship God. 5. I pray I will not have a critical spirit. I attended a business meeting of a large church some time ago. The total attendance at the meeting represented fewer than five percent of the worship attendance. One of the men who recognized me approached me before the meeting, “We come together at these business meetings to keep the pastor straight,” he told me. In reality, they came together to criticize the pastor and staff. I pray I will not become a perpetual critic. I don’t want to grow old and cranky; I want to grow old and more sanctified. Now that I am a senior adult in my own right, I need to make certain I am not a stumbling block or a hindrance to health and growth in my church. I pray my attitude will be like that of Caleb: “Here I am today, 85 years old . . . Now give me the hill country the Lord promised me on that day . . . Perhaps the Lord will be with me and I will drive them out as the Lord promised” (Joshua14:10-12, HCSB). May the Lord grant me wisdom and service all the days of my life, including my senior years.
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