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Alistair Begg Reflects on Turning 65

Dear Friend,

“O God, from my youth you have taught me, and I still proclaim your wondrous deeds.” – Psalm 71:17

They say, “you’re only as old as you feel.” In truth, we are as old as the calendar declares. I have been pondering this matter since turning 65 in May. It’s the recollection of the “penny ticket” that has set me thinking in this way.

I should explain—when my grandfather turned 65, our public transport trips increased. His age qualified him for the privilege of riding the bus for a penny. He and I went on many an adventure courtesy of the Glasgow Public Transport.

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So, it was that after the age of 65, he made memories with me and for me that are lasting a lifetime. Now, I am the age he was, and the opportunity and responsibility are mine. The psalmist continues:

“So even to old age and gray hairs, O God, do not forsake me, until I proclaim your might to another generation, your power to all those to come” (Psalm 71:18).

Earlier in the year, I met an older couple and asked them how long they’d been married. “Just 18 months,” they said. “Well, may I ask how old you are?” “Ninety-two,” the man replied, “and my wife is 91.” They were clearly enjoying life and certainly not living in the past! At the opposite end of the chronological spectrum, a similar attitude is found in young people with braces on their teeth. I guarantee you that they are looking keenly to the future.

So, all of this to say, our times are in His hands. Each day we awaken is proof that our heavenly Father still has plans and purposes for us. Like the Apostle Paul, we want to declare: “I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:14).

Our desire as a team here at Truth For Life is to help and encourage one another. To this end, one of our resources this month, The New City Catechism Devotional, will offer much help. It presents 52 questions and answers about core Christian beliefs in a format that offers thoughtful reflection. Each question and answer is accompanied by a short prayer and a commentary by both a historical and contemporary teacher. I hope you’ll secure a copy for yourself, and share it with the next generation.

With my Love in the Lord Jesus,

Alistair Begg

P.S. I haven’t got my hands on a “penny ticket,” but the senior coffee at McDonald’s is pretty good.

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Alistair Begg is Senior Pastor at Parkside Church in Cleveland, Ohio, and the Bible teacher on Truth For Life, which is heard on the radio and online around the world.
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