I love older people. They tell it like it is. They have wisdom they’ve gleaned from years of living life. They are an open book waiting to be read by anyone who will take the time. I have been blessed with a godly Grandpa who will turn 90 this year. I spent a short time with him this past week, and it reawakened my desire to glean and grow from one who has been faithful.
Every time I am around him, I learn something new. I just found out this past week that Grandpa has been to over 100 countries. He has served as a doctor in medical missions all of his life. He has story after story of how God worked in unique situations and provided his every need and the needs of all his children.
As I was thinking about my grandpa, the word faithful came to mind.
2 Timothy 2:2 says: “And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.” Paul was exhorting them to find and teach faithful men who would teach others the truths they had been taught.
Grandpa faithfully taught others about Jesus. He served others and met their physical needs, opening the door to meet their greatest need — their need for Jesus.
I want to be around faithful men, and I want to be that faithful man. So I’m challenged today to seek out those older men with insight and wisdom forged by time and gleaned through a personal relationship with Jesus. I encourage you to find an older man in your life and take him to coffee, ask lots of questions, and be prepared to grab hold of those valuable truths that only a faithful man can share.