To combat the problem of elderly isolation, a Baptist church has been pairing up volunteers and older adults. That program has expanded to include 19 churches in Great Britain.
As we age, we can more often describe ourselves by what we formerly did. Rather than dwelling on former accomplishments, we should press on to what lies ahead.
David’s story up to this point is an example of the value of working hard and working on difficult tasks with all your heart. But there’s a limit to sheer force of will unless one is willing to take time to take an honest look at the major growth fronts upon which we struggle … relational growth (how we balance the need to both give and receive love), professional growth (our calling to a vocation), and personal growth (the willingness to accept both our successes and our failures). Gail Sheehy calls this “concomitant growth” and it’s the key to knowing the path that leads down the mountain of adulthood. The question for the second half of our long journey through adulthood seems to be, “Will we continue to grow or just grow stagnant?”