And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: ~ Hebrews 10:24
One of the best ways to inspire others… is to let them see that we’re inspired. But, staying inspired as we grow older is much easier said than done. Every disappointment, heartache, or failure chips away at our inspiration. Yet, there are those who manage to stay inspired and do good works.
Last week, I spent several days at a dynamic conference. The founder is a 91 years old woman, who has written several books. She is reported to still be active and engaged in learning. We received a copy of her latest book published by Jossey-Bass, A Wiley Company.
Seeing the name Wiley, flooded my mind with thoughts of my grandfather. Memories from a particular conversation caused me to smile.
“Well I got to work in my orchard by spring,” he said.
“What do you mean daddy?” I asked. He was lean, wise, and weather-worn. Eyes still as bright as any five-year-old. In my mind and when talking with others, I referred to him as ‘grandfather’. Yet, it was ‘daddy’ whenever I addressed him. A childhood habit that followed me into adulthood.
I think that his use of the word orchard caught me off guard. I’d never heard him use the term before. Plus, how many trees are needed before it’s called an orchard? Seeing my puzzled look, my 92 years old grandfather laid out his plan. He told me that his peach trees needed pruning and a couple of the fig trees needed work on them too. His idea for addressing the fig trees was fascinating. He was going to make a concoction out of ashes to put around their roots.
I became caught up in what he was saying. He had to remind me, that it was time for me to go back to work. My office wasn’t that far away from where he lived. So, I often visited him during my lunch break. I called it our breaking bread and storytelling time.
I drove back to work thinking… Wow at his age… he still has dreams. I hope that’s me when I’m that age… I was inspired. I thought of good works that I needed to get done.
Psalms 92:14 affirms that They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing… It’s good to know that God created us… where we can stay inspired for good works as we grow older.
God Bless… I am Wiley’s granddaughter.