What if Moses had "acted his age"? Most 80yr. olds aren't leading thousands of people, ON FOOT, out of captivity across the desert and wilderness for 40yrs.
What if Abraham and Sarah had "acted their age"? Most 100yr. olds aren't giving birth to a son that will be the bloodline for an entire nation.
What if George Muller had "acted his age"? Most 90yr. olds aren't running orphanages and praying daily (instead of out fundraising) for provisions to keep the children fed and clothed.
What if Mother Teresa had "acted her age"? Most 90yr. olds aren't ministering to the poor out on hot dusty streets.
What if Jim and I (and many, MANY others that I've met on this adoption journey) had decided to "act our age"? Most 46 and 54yr. olds aren't looking to add to their families. Heck, our youngest (before Nadia) just turned 10 last week. We were looking at 8 short years until being empty nesters or at least something that might resemble retirement. According to the world, Jim is just a few short years from that illustrious goal where he could turn in his briefcase for a suitcase and we could travel the world! ha ha!
Well, apparently God didn't get the memo on telling people to "act their age" because He has a habit of calling people to His work no matter what their age (he uses really young people too but that's another post). And it wasn't as if I didn't remind God of how old we were "in case" He forgot. :)
Do I get "concerned" about being too tired to parent a 2yr.old? Sure I do.
Do I get "concerned" about possibly homeschooling until I'm 62? Sure I do.
Does Jim get "concerned" that retirement may be a goal he'll never reach? Sure he does.
BUT, we've decided we want to be a lot MORE concerned with being obedient to our Heavenly Father and saying "yes" to what He's asked us to do.
Does this make us "super spiritual"? Heck No!!! It makes us realize how completely dependent we are on God for everything from financing this adoption to giving us the energy to run around after our little "babushka" once we get her home!
So, other than for purposes of getting our driver's license, voting, and filling out surveys, I say we forget about acting our age and let God decide what we should be doing in EVERY stage of our lives. You might just get the chance to go on an outrageous adventure the WORLD said you should never go on--WE ARE!!!
Here is the birthday boy who always want to be older than his age...but thankfully very rarely acts it!!! Watch out world--this one is going to create his own adventures wherever he goes!
Sweet, funny, Josi, who on the day after her 12th birthday, announced that soon she'll be 13! I don't care how old she gets, she'll always make us smile with her "Josi-isms".
And our eldest, who has been a teenager for almost a year now, will still join in a good balloon sword fight with his little cousins. I think "not acting your age" is the new cool!