The cure for boomeritus

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Day Seven: Thursday, November 4. “I know there are older people who might like me, and me them, but generally speaking, it appears older people naturally go up in age and inward in focus. I do not think there is an intent in them to go downward in age and outward in focus.”

So states one of our Millennials in our recent “Your Participation Matters” questionnaire. He’s right. And for those of us of the age to qualify, there is, most definitely, a tendency, as we get older, to pull inside and become more private — more isolated, more protective of ourselves. It’s dangerous out there and I am slowing down, walking with a cane, not so quick on my feet, and I tire more easily. 

Besides, it’s harder to make sense of the world around me. It takes a good deal of effort to understand another generation that is of a different time and age. They have their own language, their own humor, and they play by a different set of cultural rules. Those of us who are older could work at this, but the prevailing assumption is “Why?” Why bother? We’re not going to be around much longer anyway — it’s their world, they’re going to have to fend for themselves. We’ve already put in our dues. Our world was hard enough to navigate, but we’ve earned the right to kick back and take it easy now, so don’t bother me. We’re done. We shouldn’t have to work that hard anyway.

This is a seriously ineffective and I dare say unChristlike way to think. To checkout now is to surrender to the enemy. We have life to live and battles to fight to our dying day, and even evidence that there will be more battles to fight in heaven (Revelation 22:14-15). 

If you think you’re done, may I kindly and gently see you to the door?

Believe me, you won’t be comfortable here, because we’re not giving up or giving in. We are giving out, and we are seeking a way to connect with younger generations that we might be used of God to find out what turning grace outward means in this day and this age. Not what it might mean, or what it used to mean, but what it means now, to everyone, everywhere.

This is transformational. Transforming what it means to go upward in age and inward in isolation into going downward in age and outward in connection. That is a true transformation out of boomeritus. Not up and in, but down and out. 

The cure for boomeritus is transformation. 

This brings us back to recognized fund-raising as a ministry that always calls us to transformation. And this call comes to both those who seek funds and those who have funds. Whether we are asking for money or giving money, we are drawn together by God, who is doing a new thing through our collaboration:

See, I am doing a new thing!

    Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?

I am making a way in the wilderness

    and streams in the wasteland (Isaiah 43:19).

Are you ready?

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MATCH! MATCH! MATCH!

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Terri Main would like to continue her challenge to all teachers and former teachers to match her $50. Michael, Rick, Stephen, Jay, and Daniel have all checked in. I bet there are more teachers and former teachers out there who would love to join them.

Hooray! 

We are now over the $10,000 mark, and with two matches totaling $1,500 yet to come in, that leaves us only $3,500 to goal! With an ambitious $15,000 goal, that’s great news! Tomorrow is our last day. We can do this, but we need a second wave to step up. Get ahold of the fact that the Catch is a cure for Boomeritus and we are in a position to make a big change in the world as we join hands across the generations and across the globe and turn grace outward to everyone, everywhere. Join those below and enter into this incredible ministry of fund-raising:

  • Daryl from Cherhill, Alberta, Canada
  • Daniel from Hershey, Pennsylvania
  • Jay from Gainesville, Florida
  • Stephen from Clarinda, Iowa
  • Rick
  • Michael from Sacramento
  • Markus from Köln, Germany
  • Priscilla from Spencerport, New York
  • A member of Chri’s discipleship group challenge
  • Roberta from Kent, Washington
  • Bob from Iowa City, Iowa
  • Darin from Cozad, Nebraska
  • Arthur from Arlington, Virginia
  • Jill from Wernersville, Pennsylvania
  • Lyn
  • Neil from Lancaster, Pennsylvania
  • Athelyn from Phoenix, Arizona
  • John from Coralville, Iowa
  • Patrick from Dundee, Michigan
  • Lisa from Sunland, California
  • Michael from Cambria, California
  • Greg from Wilmington, North Carolina
  • Kathleen
  • Laura Campbell, California
  • Siri from Marin, California
  • Merlyn from Goodyear, Arizona
  • Rona from Northampton, UK
  • Joe from Sugar Land, Texas
  • Patrick from Dundee, Michigan
  • Victor from New Castle, Pennsylvania
  • Ann from Rockford, Illinois
  • Olivia from Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
  • Larry from Plains, Montana
  • Steve from Keswick, Ontario, Canada

Partner with theses men and women by contributing today: or if you wish, send your contribution to The Catch Ministry, Inc., 1278 Glenneyre, Laguna Beach, California 92651.

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2 Responses to The cure for boomeritus

  1. Tom F. says:

    A while back it was suggested that we use the term Christ Follower rather that Christian because it didn’t get such a negative response. That is the problem with labels. I do best when I am able to take the time and see the individual. I continually find myself around people with whom (left to my own devices ) I would not get along with. I need to remain caught up in the love and grace given to me by God and turn that forward to whoever I come into contact with. As I am writing this, In my mind I can hear that song They Will Know We Are Christians By Our Love. I believe that God has a strange sense of humor because a lot of times when I need help, the person I normally wouldn’t get along with is the very person at my elbows.

  2. Toni Petrella says:

    I feel blessed I get meet so many younger folks at my job working at Nellis AFB lodging here in Las Vegas. It is interesting getting to know them and how they feel about various topics. Hopefully many will make the time to have our Lord and Savior in their lives and thank God for the ones who do have our Lord and Savior in their lives.

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