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"Taking a knee?"

Discussion in 'Golden Eagles 50+' started by kaykay9.0, Jun 19, 2009.

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  1. kaykay9.0

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    No, I'm not talking about kneeling in prayer!:D Not being a sports fan, I had never heard this "taking a knee" term until our youth pastor brought it up in a sermon a couple of weeks ago. Apparently, it is a football term (and sometimes used in soccer) to refer to a play where sometimes the quarterback after the snap simply drops to one knee and hangs onto the ball rather than running. This is done when they are ahead a lot or unable to score before the half. So in order to not risk injury or fumbling and the other team recovering the ball, they simply "take a knee" and let the clock run out.

    So...since then I've evaluated whether in my life at this point, in some ways, I'm "taking a knee" and letting the clock run out. I hope not but in some ways, I think I probably am.

    Today on a secular forum someone suggested that older workers often seemed "tired" or "burned out." Which could just reflect how they feel about their job, not necessarily their age. So ...not sure that's valid, but I thought it might be interesting for us to discuss on this forum since we are 50+.

    Do you think most older people are "taking a knee" now in life? Do you think you are?
     
  2. buttercup2000

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    Great thought. I am trying very hard not to "take the knee." I'm still in the midst of work projects. Some of the topics are fairly esoteric, so I am forced to learn about things that are new to me. I have some goals that I keep at it. I may never publish a book (one of my goals) but I am writing daily and honing my skills. I am concerned that I am not using the time that is given to me and I try to assess what I do daily and how it fits in to goals of all kinds -- more prayer, more time with loved ones, travel, writing.
     
  3. angelwind

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    I have to take the knee when it comes to certain things...things my health limits me from doing...but then other areas opened up to keep on keeping on...learning how great His grace is to help me endure & overcome isolation...learning to rejoice
    in the Lord at all times.

    Now a young friend of mine just told me about an 80 year old man who was riding a 2 year old horse last week...just because he still could...thumbsup for that man.

    Even tho I do things very differently physically...in spirit, I am not taking the knee. LOL
     
  4. kaykay9.0

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    Sounds like you are still cranking in high gear, buttercup!:thumbsup:
    Yes, I think it's definitely an "attitude" of "giving up and just riding it out" not what we necessarily physically are able to do. Much more in our perception of how things are than anything.
     
  5. buttercup2000

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    KayKay, still reflecting on this. Thanks so much for your very thoughtful post!
     
  6. servant of Merciful Love

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    Me too :thumbsup:

    This is very close to how I feel at the moment considering my health :angel:
     
  7. Rev.Ozzie

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    I have seen people our age really take a knee,and it's not pretty. Yes I fight a lot of health problems and have to be careful of what I do and eat. So on those things I do take a knee,not as active as I once was,but I am not read to just wait to die either. I have grandchildren that I want to see grow up and milestones in their lives I want to be a part of celebrating. Taking a knee can be a state of mind that if we are not careful will take over our entire beings,and I have seen to many allow that to happen to them. The game is not over yet no time to give up.
     
  8. sk8Joyful

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    Thankfully, the comment below showed up :)
    This, along with Buttercup's "writing a book" :thumbsup:,
    I found in this thread, so far - Good going!! :cool:
    ---
    Shamefully, I've procrastinated :blush: 2 of our projects, for 3 yrs.
    That said, additional continuing... projects:
    1. Scripture-study, especially JESUS' encouragements...
    2. house-Maintenance
    3. enlarging the Orchard
    4. Ice-skating practices... :clap:
    5. Building a green-house, plus landscaping
    6. learning to Swim, eventually
    7. oh yeah, writing a Book...

    Well, beyond these major ones, at least 20 :D other learning activities are as well waiting for our enjoyment... :wave:
     
  9. sk8Joyful

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    re tired: from anemia, which with iron-supplements, I'm currently solving.
    &
    re burned-out: there 3 times too, & the last time
    I suffered 'Adrenal-collapse' :eek: during which time I started iceskating, of all things.
    &
    re job: it's taken me a decade (of 3), to get to where
    I can marry my passion of building people UP!, with
    a 2nd. job, where this year I was given a 20% raise.

    Since 'age' is nothing more than some silly statis-tic,
    what passionate-FUN exercising are you enjoying:
    1. sedentary (little or no exercise)
    2. lightly active (light exercise/sports 1-3 days/week)
    3. moderately active (moderate exercise/sports 3-5 days/week)
    4. very active (hard exercise/sports 6-7 days a week)
    5. extra active (very hard exercise/sports & physical job or 2x training)

    I vascillate between 2. & 5.; when 3. would be much better.

    How do *you* maintain blessed, happy & youthful health? :thumbsup:
     
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  10. davedajobauk

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    I gave up worrying about it !!!


    What will be will be... [?]


    I know, HOW I almost failed to endure my past condition....


    I know my physical limits...


    I have put myself in His care...
    since when, I no-longer 'suffer' those-conditions
    Instead...
    I live with-them...
    for this, is how I am yoked
    and this, is therefore, my cross and my way


    Further treatment [surgery] is now
    more of a risk to me, than it can achieve benefit


    I am ABLE... to enjoy, ONE DAY AT A TIME
    the blessing,
    of, His comfort and peace


    I want for nothing-more, than I have already

    I, am unable to work for a living
    and it is by His grace, that I achieve all that I can

    'giving the knee' oh yes! to Him... ALWAYS!!!!


    dave
     
  11. angelwind

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    Giving the knee to Him sounds sooo wonderful...personal and meaningful as we enter our older years.
     
  12. gratefulgrace

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    God has promised to supply all our needs. Sometimes that includes a chance to rest and refresh. As we get older we may need more of these but I believe our desire should always be to serve the Lord. I attend a very small church so there is always a need for service. I must be careful to do those things only that the Lord directs me to do as I am a helper personality and can easily get over committed to things that are good but perhaps not the best the Lord has for me. Perhaps I need to take the knee to those things that wear me out but produce little for the Kingdom. May the Lord help me to work smarter for Him and provide all the strength I need to to it. Jan
     
  13. servant of Merciful Love

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    :amen:
     
  14. sk8Joyful

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    Hi Jan :)
    Forgive my underlining that sentence, as it has applied to me, in more situations than I can count. - I always want to help, in any way possible, and never turn anyone away, even when saying "I'd love to help you right now this very second, but see I need sleep too" would be the better decision.
    and
    because a very Kind & loving person is now my companion, I feel free. Free to live, a bit more for myself too, and this makes it possible to served God better too. - So thanks for sharing! :hug: God bless you! :wave:
     
  15. sk8Joyful

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    as I talk with God/Jesus - I share... with Him, as I would my best-friend :hug: because He is: God is our Creator, Savior, Daddy, Teacher, Exemplar, Resurrector, Exemplar, & yes, again BEST Friend.

    And when I talk with Daddy, He already knows my heart, how humble I am before Him, so I can just walk...in our conversation (no 'out'ward need of bowing). Just all of me, communing with the best :angel: Daddy, anyone could ever ask for, throughout all eternity... God bless you! :wave:
     
  16. rebornfree

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    It's lovely to hear God spoken of as "Daddy". I have thought of Him as a harsh father, and I'm now seeing that He is not! :clap:

    As for "taking the knee", I certainly haven't given up, and know (through prophecies) that new things in life will open up. God has told me to be patient though, and I agree that everything we do has to be in His timing and according to His will. A few years ago my mind gave up - I couldn't remember who people were, how to drive a car etc. Since then God has given me "time out" (more like "injury time" than "taking the knee" I think) to deal with the issues which were causing this stress, and I've been researching them. I've also used the time to take up various interests, and to keep fit physically. I really believe that there are times and seasons for the things God wants us to do. Sometimes He refreshes us, at other times He moves us into new ventures.
     
  17. sk8Joyful

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    I'm so glad you can now relate to God/Jesus as the bestest :hug: Daddy you could ever, ever enjoy! -

    I enjoy talking with Jesus:
    the lady next to us lost her hubby, & she, old, often talks to herself but cries. - Outside she's noticed me,
    singing cheerful songs etc, and said "Listen, you're not without problems either. How come you sound happy, anyway?" ;)
    and I said
    "Well, I'm often too busy to think about problems, because by the time I get done THANKing God for all His blessings, & singing & busy with projects, etc. it's way late at night. - Then, I still talk with my Heavenly daddy" :D
    She also thought "Daddy" was cute, smilingly winking at me. - Hopefully, she'll chat with Him like this too.
    and

    I'm glad that amongst fun projects, you also stay fit. Good for you! :wave:
     
  18. rebornfree

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    Thank you Annie! I hope your neighbour talks to Him too! :)

    I can certainly testify to God's provision and answered prayer, and I talk to Him, but I never thought of Him enjoying it! I always thought I'd failed in some way - not spent long enough praying, said the wrong thing or something like that. I'm beginning to understand why I have a wrong idea of Him though, and it is changing. Praise Him!
     
  19. sk8Joyful

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    Hi again :wave:

    sadly, too many christians, were taught with re-inforcement, that they fail...God.
    Usually by a parent, mostly a mother, but could be any lost person.
    but
    realize, GOD only LOVES.......:angel:.........:angel:.........:angel:.......*you*
    my way of saying: God, your Heavenly-DADDY :thumbsup: loves you ALLways :clap:

    And consider: TINY-children, before they learn "speech",
    yet they communicate with GOD, lots... each day.
    and
    another reason, why JESUS us counseled: "Except ye become as a LITTLE-child, ye can in no wise enter the Kingdom of heaven".
    because TINY-kids have successful skills intact,
    that (most as they grow older, sadly trade in & are left, re-inventing GOD, to fit a warped-perspective.)


    So please, GOD only LOVES.......:angel:.........:angel:.........:angel:.......*you* :) and
    longs for, & delights being in communication... with you, & all His children.
    .
     
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