Christian Comment with Tracy Spiers of Stroud Christian Fellowship
HERE’S to new beginnings My dad bought a pogo stick the other day.
He spotted it in a charity shop and declared he had always wanted one.
My mum relented and let him buy it as long as it stayed at my house.
He is 71.
A friend of mine asked for a drum kit for her 60th birthday and another dear art companion fulfilled her dream this summer by completing her degree before her 70th birthday.
I take inspiration from those ahead in maturity and age, because they have stayed young within.
I have just started at university as a second year BA illustration student.
Kitted out in my purple Converse boots and Superdry jacket – handed down to me by my daughters (who have outgrown them) – I have embarked on an invigorating yet challenging new chapter.
I am 25-years-older than my fellow students; have five daughters to organise before I can even get there but it makes no difference in the studio setting.
Education is a levelling ground and it is never too late to learn.
I am finding my spirit is young, it’s just my body reminds me that I am not 19 when I reach for my glasses in order to read the drawing brief. Doors sometimes close in life and it can be disappointing.
Yet it can also be the very catalyst to spur us into an exciting new direction, enabling us to fulfil something we never thought possible.
I take refuge in the fact that the Bible is full of fresh starts and new beginnings.
And for those of us who find ourselves surrounded by far younger models, I claim the words of Psalm 92: 14 - “They still bear fruit in old age; they are ever full of sap and green” …and can still jump on pogo sticks.
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