One day my friend sat with my mom in the doctor’s waiting room. Later she shared their conversation:
Mom: Oh boy, I knew my life was over when I couldn’t drive anymore.
Friend: Oh, yes, it must be so difficult in Florida, since everything revolves around the car. In New York things are so much closer.
Mom: Mmm mmm, now I’m stuck in the house doing nothing. It’s the end of my life.
Friend: But, Ma’am, as believers our life doesn’t end. We move right into eternity. Just think about it. In this special time of your life God draws you closer to Him readying you for what he has planned in the future!
Mom: I never saw it like that before.
Friend: Yes, we all sow seeds in this life that will come to full growth as we go on into eternity. While our body might not be growing our Spirit definitely continues to develop.
As I reflect on the above conversation I realize that as I interact with my parents I need to reinforce this spiritual growth and focus less on their failing body. Our bodies make up just one aspect of our identity. Our Spirit contains our true identity. I now see that our words are powerful and when we speak the Word of God—which is life—we show that life is good and will continue to be good.
It is so important to continue to help your parents stay connected to friends that will speak words of life and encouragement. Many people who are called to this type of ministry are available and the time to find them and connect with them will be well worth it.
I also believe it is important to keep our elderly parents busy with positive, life-giving activities which could include music listening, gardening, and reading to children. When we involve ourselves in these types of activities instead of watching news and programs that stir up fear and anxiety we proclaim God’s peace in the atmosphere.
Remember, Philippians 4:8 which directs us to think on what is good, honorable and praise-worthy!!