Passing Our Mantle with Dignity
Saul was afraid of David, because the Lord was with David but had departed from Saul. So he sent David away from him and gave him command over a thousand men, and David led the troops in their campaigns. In everything he did he had great success, because the Lord was with him. When Saul saw how successful he was, he was afraid of him. But all Israel and Judah loved David, because he led them in their campaigns.
1 Samuel 18:12-16
I have heard many times that it is hard to get old and as I race past 35 I am starting to see why. Old injuries start to matter, discipline matters even more and you start to think about passing the torch of leadership on to the next generation. This week in Tae Kwon Do we started lessons on sparring and my last 5 years of lax habits were very apparent. I remember how fast I used to be in high school and college but my body will not listen. My legs are heavier and weaker than back then and I was slooow. I observed that the 12 year old next to me was twice as fast and it made me chuckle. I am currently the overweight, middle aged man in the dojo. While I know that I will work to get back into better shape and improve, the experience made me think that it is hard to hand the mantle of competence to the next generation cheerfully, especially if that person outshines you as David did with Saul. As we warriors age, we cannot fall into anger for our diminishing capabilities or our increasing pain and we must not turn from God because he still loves us. We must continue to thank Him for each day and be hopeful so we can be good examples and teach the next generation hope in Christ.
Daily Battle Order
Make a list of 3 to 5 skills in which you are confident and think of ways you can share those strengths to build up the next generation in your community and church. Pray and ask God for insight into how to cheerfully pass your mantle on to the next generation and share your plan with those around you.