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AGING GRACEFULLY – written by Tanis Harms
TOPIC:        heaven, love, strength, salvation
SCRIPTURE:    Ecc.7:2; 1Cor.2:3-5; 2Cor.5:1-10;
.             Phil.1:21-26, 3:13-20;
.             Titus2:2-3; Heb.11:16; 1Pet.1:3-5;
.             Rev.21:1-22:5 (taken from NASB)
Style:        drama/conversation:  an older person
.             gives their perspective about aging,
.             serving God, and going to heaven
Cast:         OLDER PERSON
Set & Props:  Bible (script can be placed inside)


(OLDER PERSON enters, holding an open Bible.)

P    We do not know when the rapture will happen –
.    when all those who believe are snatched up to go
.    live with our heavenly Father for all eternity;
.    but we do know that as time ticks on –
.    THAT day only continues to draw nearer.
.    Just as we do not know when any of us will die;
.    but we do know that as we keep getting older –
.    we do continually come closer and closer
.    to that time of passing, which is something
.    that many people avoid thinking about.

(PERSON reads.)

P    But - as King Solomon wrote in Ecclesiastes 7:2,
.    “It is better to go to a house of mourning
.    than to go to a house of feasting,
.    because that is the end of every man,
.    and the living takes it to heart.”

(PERSON looks up, contemplatively.)

P    It causes us to assess our situation.
.    To reevaluate ourselves.
.    As I draw nearer to my impending physical death,
.    I must say, I do think about it more and more –

(PERSON becomes filled with joy and excit

P    And I am so looking forward to heaven.             2
.    Where every tear is wiped dry
.    and there is no more suffering.
.    I will be given a new body,
.    which is completely free of aches and pains.
.    Most importantly, I will be enjoying
.    a perfect existence with my Lord and Savior.

(PERSON becomes practical.)

P    Until that time though, I am here,
.    struggling to get through each day - in THIS body –

(PERSON points to their head.)

P    With this limited mind!
.    What I do know, is that I have not yet arrived.
.    And I still most certainly do not know everything.
.    Actually, the older I get,
.    the more I realize just how little I know.  

(PESON reads.)

P    Paul says in Philippians 3:13-16,
.    “Brethren, I do not regard myself
.    as having laid hold of it yet;
.    but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind” -

(PERSON becomes lighthearted with a sense of humor.)

P    Ha! and let me just say right here,
.    these days, this point gets easier and easier to do
.    as I tend to forget things
.    just a little bit quicker than before.  Although,
.    this statement means way more than just that.
.    I believe it means we should reconcile,
.    forgive and move on
.    from past arguments and troubles.
.    Because Paul goes on to say that we should be...

(PERSON reads.)

P    “Reaching forward to what lies ahead,
.    I press on toward the goal for the prize
.    of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
.    Let us therefore, as many as are perfect,
.    have – this - attitude”...
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(PERSON nods head in agreement.)

P    Yes, I need to constantly check my attitude.
.    I most certainly do not want to become
.    the grumpy old man/woman.
.    No one should be complainers – at any age.

(PERSON reads.)

P    So, “if in anything you have a DIFFERENT attitude,
.    God will reveal that also to you;
.    however, let us keep living
.    by that same standard
.    to which we have attained.”

(PERSON is in full zealous agreement.)

P    There is STILL something for me to learn –
.    and work on.  Self-improvement,
.    striving to be Christ-like,
.    and serving God – should never end.
.    Did God mean for any of us to retire?
.    To use our age as an excuse?
.    Most definitely we are not to retire
.    from being a Christ-like example!
.    If anything, it should be MORE.
.    We are told to be teaching the younger.
.    We may not be as strong or fast as we once were,
.    but that is okay.
.    We are only asked to do what we are able.
.    And God is there to strengthen us.
.    All things are possible through God!

(PERSON reads.)

P    As Paul says in 1 Corinthians 2:3-5,
.    “I was with you in weakness and in fear
.    and in much trembling,
.    and my message and my preaching
.    were not in persuasive words of wisdom,
.    but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power,
.    so that your faith would not rest
.    on the wisdom of men,
.    but on the power of God.”

(PERSON is most sincere.)
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P    I love that.  Because it gives me the reassurance
.    that as my strength continues to grow weaker –
.    it can only become stronger in God’s power!
.    Yes, even as I mature,
.    I must continue to rest more and more on God.
.    That is true growth.

(PERSON becomes introspective again.)

P    So, although I long for the day when I am in heaven,
.    one of my fears is HOW this will all happen.
.    I can only trust God
.    to get me through that gracefully,
.    because WHILE I am still around,
.    there is STILL something that God desires me to do.

(PERSON reads.)

P    Just as Paul says in Philippians 1:21-25,
.    “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.
.    But if I am to live on in the flesh,
.    this will mean fruitful labor for me;
.    and I do not know which to choose.
.    But I am hard-pressed from both directions,
.    having the desire to depart and be with Christ,
.    for that is very much better;
.    yet to remain on in the flesh
.    is more necessary for your sake.
.    Convinced of this, I know that I will remain
.    and continue with you
.    all for your progress and joy in the faith.”

(PERSON summarizes with a challenge.)

P    For all of us still here,
.    we can embrace Paul’s attitude and his example.
.    While we are still here –
.    there is still work to be done.