I love being around women in their 60s, 70s and 80s (and 90s) who are still passionate about their relationship with Jesus. When the culture says, “Retire, take it easy, pamper yourself, focus on being a grandparent—that’s enough. Let the young women do all the work of ministry,” these gals say, “Not me! As a Jesus follower, I’m commissioned to serve Him actively for life as a disciple-maker for Him.” I want to be like that when I grow up!
For the past few months, I have been at several gatherings of women where these delightful mentors are present. One woman, 79 years old, is not only praying for women to get to know Jesus, she is still sharing her faith with neighbors and parents of her music students. After she came to my Disciple-Making Pathway training workshop, where I encouraged all to go home and write their 5-minute faith story, she did just that! And the Lord gave her an opportunity to share her story with a neighbor within a week. Not only that, she and another 60-something woman invited other women to prepare their faith stories and share them as we met together one Sunday morning before our church service about a month later. I want to be like that as I grow older.
I met an 85-year-old woman last fall who didn’t put her faith in Jesus until she was past retirement age. She is so excited about ministering to other women, old and young, as she leads a Bible study at her church and is active in general ministry to women. She is eager to reach out to her peers who don’t know Jesus yet and share what she has learned with them so they can experience her joy and freedom in Christ. Enthusiasm spreads across her face. She loves Jesus and wants others around her to know it every day. I want to be like that at 85.
This past weekend, another woman in her 70s came up to me after a Disciple-Making Pathway training workshop I was teaching. She was putting together a small discipling group where she could establish younger believers in the basics of the Christian faith and wanted more information about the resources I was sharing with the group. Excitement about discipling other women exuded from her. Yes, she was a little bit scared because of the responsibility, but who isn’t? In fact, the more we feel a bit scared, the more likely we will rely on the Spirit’s power in us to do what Jesus has called us to do. I want to be like her, scared but obedient and faithful, when I am in my 70s.
I am active as a mentor mom for a young mothers group. Many of the mentors are in their 60s, with plenty of grandchildren of their own. Not only are they a part of the group, they are actively discipling the younger women in the group. These older women are excited to lead the younger women to enjoy an authentic relationship with Jesus as they mother their children. These 60-somethings are my friends and my mentors, helping me to stay passionate about Jesus as I grow older myself.
Women who are Jesus followers are never too old to have an impact on their friends—whether younger or older. As long as I am able, I want to still be sharing my faith, discipling women, and mentoring moms even when I have lots of grey hair, wrinkles, and grandchildren of my own. I want to still be following Jesus as His disciple and living for Him as a disciple-maker when I grow up!
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