August 14

I can still remember my grandmother coming out to play baseball with my friends and I when I was a teenager. My grandmom wanted to play first-base. She told us all that when she was a teenager, she played first-base when she was on recess at school. I offered her a glove, but she refused it … she explained that she always caught the ball with her bare hand. I knew she had arthritis in every finger, and all her fingers were crooked. My friends and I were amazed when we threw the ball over there, and my grandmom caught it with her bare hand! She was in her 70’s, but her heart was still like a teenager!

I was blessed to have a grandmother who loved life so much. Today I read two verses that really touched my heart today. Psalm 148:12-13 says, “Both young men, and maidens; old men, and children: Let them praise the name of the LORD: for his name alone is excellent; his glory is above the earth and heaven.” Just as playing baseball had no age-limit for my grandmom, giving praise to God has no age-limit. Whether you are young or old, man or woman, it is important for us to continue to praise God! It does not matter what age you are, God is always good, and deserves to hear praise for Him coming from our lives.

I am thankful that I was permitted to serve God in our local church, even when I was a young boy. I started to play the trumpet when I was in fourth grade. I started playing solo’s in my church within the first two years of beginning to play. I began singing with my mom and my aunt as a teenager. I also had the chance to sing in the church choir as a teenager. I thank the Lord that I was not limited by my parents, or church leaders to get involved in the different ministries of the church. This gave me an outlet to praise and worship my God.

Today, I am nearing the status of “senior citizen.” I am officially permitted to order from the “senior’s” menu in many restaurants. I am thankful that I still have the opportunity to praise and serve God. Recently, I was asked to fill out a form for a financial group that is helping our mission to work on retirement funds. One question on the form was what age we planned to retire. I wrote that I planned to retire at age 85. When the man questioned me, I told him that as long as my mind works, and my hands still move, I want to be trying to reach Deaf people with the gospel and teach the Word of God! I want to do my part in crossing generational lines to praise the Lord until He calls me home. Whatever age you might be today … is a good age to serve the Lord!