I’m Getting Too Old For This

I’m Getting Too Old For This

This quote has been coming out of my mouth more often these days – I’m getting too old for this.

Monday through Friday each week I work five hours in the morning at a local public school in the Pre-K program. What does that mean? I have twenty children ages four and five going at full steam from the time they hit the door at 7:25. A constant barrage of “Mrs. Mowery, Mrs. Mowery, Mrs. Mowery.” I have told them I will surely change my name and not tell them what I changed it to.

After my five hours there, I come home to change hats to author and editor, with some laundry and housework thrown in.

Then it’s be wife and mom, cooking up supper, catching up on their day, doing church work, checking on parents.

Argh! I’m getting too old for this!

I was just talking with a Christian sister at school today about this, telling her there is no way I could live this life without the support and strength from my heavenly Father. She agreed. She has a 22 year old and a seven year old. The younger one keeps her on her toes, though her toes sag often.

If you’re feeling weary and dragging, or like my mama would say, “You’ve been rode hard and put up wet,” let’s bask in some promises from our Lord.

“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me – watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” Matthew 11:28-30 The Message

“He energizes those who get tired, gives fresh strength to dropouts. For even young people tire and drop out, young folk in their prime stumble and fall. But those who wait upon God get fresh strength. They spread their wings and soar like eagles. They run and don’t get tired, they walk and don’t lag behind.” Isaiah 40:29-31 The Message

As I read these passages I get a clue as to why I might be so tired and weary. I try to do this on my own. God lets us know in Scripture that He knows we can’t do this life on our own, but He is all too willing to come alongside of us, prop us up, and fill us with new energy. An energy that only He can give.

God wants me to rest in Him. There are moments I have to steal away with Him and be restored.

I just love that it says even young people tire out. They must find this same strength that only comes from the Lord.

Okay. Maybe I shouldn’t say that I’m getting too old for this anymore. I suppose I should say, “Lord, I’m lagging. Put a freshness in me and let me soar again.”

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Paula Mowery About Paula Mowery

Paula is a pastor’s wife, mom to a college student, author, acquiring editor, and speaker. No matter the hat she wears, she strives to honor God’s plan even if it means going out on a limb and leaving comfort zones. Reviewers have characterized her writing as “thundering with emotion.” Her book, Be The Blessing, won the 2014 Selah Award in the novella category. You can follow Paula on Facebook and learn more about her at her blog.

Comments

  1. As I woke up I had another thought: God doesn’t expect me to be a super hero, but He did command me to take the Sabbath-rest.

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  2. Paula, there’s a Psalm somewhere I believe that says He will make us ‘fresh and green in our old age and we will bear much fruit.’ I think you’re way far from being old at this point!! I already know I can’t grow old without HIM. Or even grow period.

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  3. Laurie Driesen says:

    Thanks for the reminder that I can’t do it without Him. I’m going to think of your post the next time I say, “I’m too old for this!”

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  4. Toni Shiloh says:

    Needed to hear this. Thank you.

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  5. Janet K Brown (@janetkbrowntx) says:

    Great post, Paula. Oh, yes, I say that a lot these day. Right now, I’m fighting bronchitis & really dragging. Thanks for the reminder that God is our rest & our sufficiency.

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