Wednesday, November 4th, 2009
"Do not forget the doing of good and the sharing of things with others, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased." (Hebrews 13:16)
Coming to grips with the physical changes of aging can be difficult. Nevertheless, it is possible to demonstrate godly devotion despite such changes. Barzillai the Gileadite is a fine example in this regard. At 80 years of age, he showed extraordinary hospitality to David and his army, providing them with food and lodging during Absalom’s rebellion. David offered to make Barzillai a part of his royal court. Barzillai’s response? “I am eighty years old today. . . . Here is your servant Chimham. . . . You do to him what is good in your eyes.” (2 Samuel 17:27-29; 19:31-40) Like Barzillai, many aged ones today display a spirit of unselfishness and generosity. They do what they can to support true worship, knowing that “with such sacrifices God is well pleased.” What a blessing to have loyal ones in our midst!
(Watchtower issue: 06/01/07, 1:12, 13)
*I can relate to Barzillai...since sometimes I feel like I'm 80! lol. =)
I liked the info we studied a little while back (in regards to Barzillai), which discussed how he gave the best he could, while displaying 'a modest awareness of his limitations'
I had never really thought of 'modesty' in that light before...but it's so true.
If we aren't modest in our expectations of ourselves, we can end up 'biting off more than we can chew' (so to speak), which is counterproductive in 2 ways...it wears us out physically and spiritually, and it can disappoint or frustrate others who are relying on us, if we realize we can't fulfill our committment to them because we've over-extended ourselves.
So that article really impressed upon me the fact that we need to cultivate a balance between giving our best, while at the same time, not expecting more of ourselves than what we can reasonably handle, since Jehovah doesn't expect that of us.
Jehovah only expects our personal best...not someone elses...which is different for everyone based on individual circumstances and abilities. It's far more important to focus on what we can do, versus what we want to do.