“The day after I retired I walked down the hall of the Company and I realized I was ‘persona non grata.‘”
Vice President of an international corporation.
The day will come when your status and influence in the business or professional community will diminish. You will suffer the loss of:
And with that, you run the risk of also suffering the loss of:
Not everyone handles these changes well. Dr. Hube Mitchell made this sobering observation, “As I observe the great men of God, few end well,”
The aging process is inescapable: “All our days have declined… we have finished our years like a sigh (or whisper).” (Psalm 90:9)
Yet, amidst this loss, it is God’s intention that we continue to live lives of significance… to be fruitful: “The righteous man will flourish like a palm tree… They will still yield fruit in old age… ” (Psalm 92:12a, 14a)
For this to occur, it is imperative that today we are finding our sense of identification and significance in Christ, and in Him alone:
“As far as this world is concerned, you are already dead, and your true life is a hidden one in God, through Christ… ” (Colossians 3:3 – Phillips Translation)
“God forbid that I should boast about anything or anybody except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, which means that the world is a dead thing to me and I am a dead thing to the world.” (Galatians 6:13, 14 – Phillips Translation)
Let us determine to prove Hube Mitchell wrong: By the grace of God, we will end well.